Tribal art unfurls

The Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manava Sangrahalaya is buzzing with activity with tribal people from all over the country descending at its sprawling premises demonstrating their tribal art at a workshop being held here.

The IGRMS in joint association with Anthropological Survey of India is conducting an International Day of World’s Indigenous People - Tribal Arts and Crafts Workshop and Cultural programmes form August 2 to 11.

Unmindful of the continuous drizzle and wind these artisans were completely focused to bring out the best of their art, depicting the tradition, culture of their villages.

About 50 tribal artisans from Rajastan, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Bihar, Gujarat, Nagaland, Karnataka, Manipur, Assam, Tripura have spread their shops here and demonstrating the art, which has attracted steady stream of art lovers, with the thirst to know more about the art of other states.

Speaking to City Herald, a Gond artist from Chattisgarh explained the unique ‘Ghotul’ system prevalent in Chattisgarh in every village. Ghotul is nothing but a sociological Institution of the village where boys and girls of Guriyar community when they attain the age of eleven and nine respectively are involved in the system.

The boys are called Chalik and girls Motiyar and they will be made to do all kind of chores from cooking, washing, looking after cattle, house work, farming and others. They work the whole day and after completing all the work they go to their respective homes.
Sometimes, they develop affection between themselves and when they are ready to get married they are freed from the Ghotul system, where upon they lead normal lives as other people. They even sing songs ‘Ghotul pata’ with their traditional dhols during their leisure. The Gond artistes here are depicting the lives of these Ghotul community in the Sal wood and memorial pillars which are installed at the burial site in memory of the dead souls.

The artisans belonging to Lambani community had displayed their attractive typical costumes comprising lehanga and choli. The toda community people were seen displaying their embroideries with their traditional get up.

Performing artistes from Gujarat, Tripura, Uttarkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgrah, Assam and others will perform at Jaganmohan Palace auditorium on August 9 and 11 and at the IGRMS premises on August 10.

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