Chennai hosts tribal art exhibition

Chennai, Oct.14 (ANI): Around 40 tribal artists from different parts of India participated in a week-long painting exhibition showcasing ancient tribal art in southern Chennai city.

On Sunday,art lovers and painting enthusiasts thronged an art gallery where artists displayed some of their intricate and primitive artwork done on clothe pieces as well as on other backgrounds.

"The art used in these paintings is 300 to 400-years-old. Earlier, we use to make these paintings on the walls of our houses at the time of a festival or during a marriage ceremony. But now, this has become very famous and we sell it abroad, too."

Sanjay added that tribal art painters use natural colours like rice water, cow dung and broken rock pieces for their artwork.

Tribal paintings invariably depict positive themes and imagination, as subjects range from religious to secular, from gods and goddesses to animals and birds, life cycles from birth, death, marriage, farming, harvest, celebration, and the five basic elements of earth.

Participating artists said the themes and subjects were presented with immaculate precision, purity and reflected the unadulterated love of the tribal for nature.

Organizers said the exhibition's uniqueness was projected through "Aadi Chitra" (tribal paintings). They said their aim was not only to bring tribal paintings to the mainstream, but also to help tribal artists earn a livelihood, and to restore, preserve and reinforce tribal art. (ANI)

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