Indian folk art goes back many a mile and a century. It has seen sufficient transformations
since its inception, which has been many centuries ago. It has evolved with time,
but has always been an integral part of the rich Indian heritage. It has constantly
been a part and parcel of the societal transformations that have taken place. They
include paintings, which are an integral part of the tribal tradition and have often
mirrored the lifestyle and traditions of the era. They are replete with the depictions
of fairs, festivals, gods & goddesses, the bonding and social dynamics that was
prevalent in those times. These also depict the daily village life, customs, rituals,
birds, animals and the elements of nature and earth.
Indian Tribal Art Awareness
The Indian folk art includes wall paintings, calendar paintings, oil classics,
cave paintings, miniatures etc. They in turn trace their roots to different schools
namely Madhubani, Patachitra, Gond, Warli, Tanjore, which originate from different
parts of India. The states of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu
were major centers for Indian folk art.
Over the years they have found worldwide appreciation and admiration from art connoisseurs.
It has definitely caught the eye of the discerning few, and has received a fillip
from the government of India and other interest groups occasionally. The potential
is immense, which has not been exactly tapped. The aesthetic sensibilities and refined
energy that Indian folk art carries has a great potential in the international market