by Nisha Rawal / last updated on - August 19, 2020
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Warli art is an ancient Indian folk art tradition of painting of a Maharashtrian tribe called Warli. The word “Warli” come from the word “warla” which means the piece of land . Warli paintings are believed to be one of the oldest form of art in history. This art is very popular among the tribal community, however it has not gained any special recognition outside India.
The Warli culture is centered around the concept of Nature and elements of nature are often focal points depicted in Warli painting. Farming is their main way of life and they depend on it for their living. They greatly respect nature and wildlife and that can be viewed in thier paintings. Warli artists use their clay huts as the backdrop for their paintings, similar to how ancient people used cave walls as their canvases.
Earlier Warli painting used to be etched out on walls of Warli houses, but nowadays, they are being painted on paper, vases, mugs, bedsheets, apparel too.
Jivya Soma Mashe (1934-2018) was an artist of the Maharashtra state in India, who popularised the Warli tribal art form.
In 1976, he received the National Award for the Tribal Art. In 2002, he received the Shilp Guru award. In 2009, he was the recipient of the Prince Claus Award for his Warli painting. In 2011, he received the Padma Shri for his contribution towards Warli painting.
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