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UNIQUE STYLE A Gond painting
UNIQUE STYLE A Gond painting

A workshop on Gond painting from September 4-8

The National Folklore Support Centre is conducting a Gond painting workshop from September 4-8, 10 a.m.-4.30 p.m., at the Indian School of Folklore, 505, V Floor, Kaveri Complex, 96, Nungambakkam High Road, Nungambakkam.The Gond tribe is spread across Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Bihar, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh. The style of painting unique to this tribe was actually developed by Jangarh Singh Shyam, who used painted motifs to depict folk and Pauranic deities, birds, animals and Nature. When he died last year, he left a legacy. Many Gond Parthans used similar techniques, and so the style came to be called Jangarh kalam or Gond painting.In this workshop, participants will be trained by Ramesh Takem and Radha Tekam, who belong to the Gond tribe and have been practising the art for more than 25 years. Their works are influenced by mythology and local motifs of their community. Some of their works will be on display at an exhibition-cum-sale from September 2-8, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the same venue. Besides, the artists will give a lec-dem on the intricacies of the art.Last date to register is September 2. Call 28229192 or 42138410 for details.

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