With the objective to nurture Indian folk art and tribal art, OPS Art Gallery is set to organize an exhibition ‘Reflection of Tribes’ from 17th November to 23rd November at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. This show is being curated by Kiran Kethline Mohan and will be inaugurated on 17th November by renowned Indian classical dancer Dr. Sonal Mansingh.
The folk and tribal art traditions of India are the true guardians of the nature. These folk and tribal art forms in their own subtle way carry a message to respect and safeguard our global resources and leave a better future for our forthcoming generations. Each season abounds with a purely different natural splendour, to be explored and admired at. The spring brings new blooms full of hope, the fall has a delicate display of colours to the winter’s magic and the energies of the summers. Displayed in this exhibition are various forms of folk and tribal art like – Warli Tribal Painting, Gond Tribal Painting, Kalamkari, Phad Painting, Hazaribagh Tribal Painting, Bengal Patachitra, Bhil Tribal Painting, Rautawa Painting, Leather Puppet Art, Kerala Mural Painting, Sanjhi Art, Kangra Miniature painting, Cheriyal Painting, Saura Painting and Bhuta Masks.
The Bhuta Mask tradition dates back to pre-Hindu ritualistic tradition. In folklore, they are dead benevolent spirits who become a guardian of their worshippers, used as a prop in the performances or as means of communication between the spirits and the devotees.
The artists who would be showcasing their artworks include Anil Chaityavangad, Bhuri Bai, D. Pavan, Durga Bai Vyam, Gariba Singh Tekam,
Kalpana Chitrakar, Manoj Kumar Tekam, Mayank Shyam, Nankusiya Shyam,
Pooman Katoch, Praveen Joshi, Putli Ganju, Ram Singh Urveti, Roshni Shyam,
Subhash Vyam, Sunil Shyam Moti, Vijay Ukey and many others.
In a candid conversation Rishi Sharma founder of OPS Art Gallery said, “This show is being organized in India Habitat Centre starting from 17th November till 23rd of November. This show is focused on folk and tribal art. We want to showcase this exhibition because we have found that this area is not very much popular or being promoted but this is Indian culture and heritage which needs to be uplifted and brought to the center stage. We are planning lot more exhibition on tribal and folk art.”