‘Adivasi Aakruti’ - India Tribal Art
Celebrating the Artistic Heritage of India’s Indigenous Tribes
Brought to you by the Consulate General of India, Toronto and Gerrard India Bazaar BIA
Gerrard Street Art Jam
‘Adivasi Aakruti’ aims to express the meaning of multiculturalism to the local community of Gerrard India Bazaar by painting the concrete tree boxes along Gerrard St. (E) from Coxwell Ave. to Glenside Ave.
To create a neighbourhood where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated, the Gerrard India Bazaar
BIA has offered 6 concrete tree boxes up for decoration by local artists. The artworks will be treated as permanent
The unveiling of the 6 Indian Tribal Art forms on the tree boxes will be on June 22, 2023. We encourage you to come down to view them and learn about each one’s heritage significance.
Art & Artist
by Shayona Panth
In Hindi, “Kari” signifies work and “kalam” indicates pen. Fine bamboo pens created by the artists themselves are used for this style of art. During the Golconda Sultans’
control, Kalamkari flourished, and some paintings also display Persian influences. The most often utilized source of paints is vegetable ink. For royal families, a modern style known as Karuppur features fabric that has been embellished with golden brocade.
by Shayona Panth
Warli painting is a form of tribal art. This tribal art is indigenous to the state of Maharashtra and is well-known for its simple wall paintings. It is among the best examples of folk art. This uses basic geometrical shapes including the square, circle, and triangle. On a background of dark red, these paintings are carved in white (with a bamboo brush). The picture features images from everyday life, including dancing, fishing, farming, festivals, and other activities.
by Sima Naseem
The Gond tribe in central India is known for their popular folk art known as “Gond painting.” It is carried out in order to communicate and preserve the Gond tribal community’s culture. Folk dances, music, and Gond paintings all fall under the category of Gond tribal art. The majority of these paintings are painted on paper, canvas, cloth, etc. and are rich in details, lines, colours, mystery, and humour. These are high-quality and can withstand no tampering for roughly 20 years.
by Sima Naseem
Viewing Bhil Art is akin to walking into the home of the painters and experiencing firsthand, this intimate art form from Central India. The Bhils, who live in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and Maharashtra, are India’s second-largest tribal group. Traditionally, the clay walls of the Bhil people’s hamlet homes would be decorated with their art. Neem sticks and other twigs would be utilized to paint lovely pictures while using natural dyes.
by Aparna Rangnekar
The roughly 500-year-old Kavad or Kawad art of Rajasthan is practiced by Jangid Brahmins from Chittorgarh. It’s a multi-paneled, three-dimensional box that can be opened up. Several Gods and Goddesses have been painted on this portable temple. Ramayana, Puranas, Bhagavad Gita, and other epic stories are depicted on these panels, which are composed of light wood.
by Manpreet Kaur
Phad, which has its roots in Rajasthan, is primarily a religious style of scroll painting that features the folk gods Pabuji or Devnarayan. The canvas or fabric that it is painted on is referred to as phad and is 30 or 15 feet long. These paintings are characterized by vegetable colours and a continuous narrative of the lives and valiant acts of deities.