The Warli people are one of the aboriginal / indigenous communities of western India. They are known for their beautiful and unique style of painting which reflects the close association between human communities and nature. According to art historian Yashodhara Dalmia, the Warli art tradition has ancient roots, and can be traced back to the Neolithic period between 2500 BC to 3000 BC. Originally done as wall-murals, Warli art has now transitioned to canvas and paper, and is being used to decorate clothes as well as household objects.
About this workshop:
This workshop will introduce you to the basics of Warli painting. It is conducted by Rajnikant Vad, an artist from a small Warli village about 4hrs from Mumbai. Vad has exhibited his work at the prestigious Jaya He Museum at Mumbai international airport. He has executed wall murals for appreciative urban audiences, and his works have made their way to delighted buyers in France, Belgium, Canada, and the USA. He is currently studying Marathi literature and also practices subsistence farming (rice and millets). With his rich understanding of tribal customs, and love for nature and literature, Vad is able not only to teach but also to explain the small details of village life that add charm to the art session. He understands English, but cannot speak it well, so he will be assisted in the session by an English-speaking interpreter.
The workshop will last for 3 hours and is divided into two parts:
Part 1 - Introduction to Warli art and its vocabulary
Part 2 - Learn to create your own piece of Warli art
The cost depends on the number of persons. Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Transfers from/to hotel, interactive session on Warli painting, all art materials required for the session, bottled water and all taxes.
High quality paintings by the artist will be available for purchase in case you would like to own an authentic piece of indigenous art. There is also a women’s self-help organisation at the session venue which sells their crafts and textiles. If you would like to buy sarees, fabrics and crafts from an ethical source, this is a good option.