Rural Life

Ploughing (Hal Chalana)

This Bhil painting  titled Ploughing (Hal Chalana), is an acrylic on canvas work, made by artist Subhash Amliyar (b.1985) For the Bhil tribe of Madhya Pradesh, art is a device for marking events, preserving memories and capturing the community’s deep connection with nature. In Subhash Amliyar’s composition, a figure reminiscent of Lord Ganesha is seen… Read more »


This Madhubani painting is an ink on paper work, made by artist Krishnanand Jha (1938-2018). Mithila or Madhubani art originated in the Mithila region of eastern India. The art form often depicts landscapes teeming with a diversity of life. In this work, Krishnanand Jha fills the canvas with details of each stage in the process… Read more »

Untitled (Harvesting)

Warli is a tribal artform mostly created by natives of the North Sahyadri ranges of India, encompassing many regions of Maharashtra. Originally warli was done on the walls of their huts by women, but now men also practice this art. The subject matter is always depictions of their day to day life and their close… Read more »

Bhil: Man and Animal Forms

The Bhils are one of the oldest tribal communities of India, residing in the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, etc. Like every other tribal community, the Bhil life and lifestyles are intricately connected with nature – an aspect that is also clearly evident in the art they create. This Bhil painting, created on paper,… Read more »

Untitled (Threshing)

Warli painting, traditionally mural art, is practised by members of the Warli community residing in Maharashtra and parts of Gujarat. Warli art often depicts scenes and aspects from occupations such as agriculture, fishing, hunting, and significant occasions such as festivals, weddings, and births to commemorate the community’s culture and beliefs. Jivya Soma Mashe (1934-2018) was… Read more »