Sudha Rao, Principal of Vidyodaya Public School, said on Wednesday that it is essential to create more awareness about tribal and folk art among people. She was speaking after inaugurating the “I and ethnicity” folk and tribal painting exhibition by 14 students of Udupi Art School, here.

Ms. Rao said that natural colours were used in folk and tribal paintings, which enhanced their appeal.

Sagar Mukhopadhyay, vice-president (corporate affairs) of the Manipal Group, said that it was necessary to encourage tribal and folk art. He lauded the effort of the Udupi Art School in exposing its students to tribal and folk art.

Folk and tribal paintings of Warli from Maharashtra, Mandana from Rajasthan, Muria from Chhattisgarh and Madhubani from Bihar were displayed at the exhibition. Paintings in Rangoli, collage and sermon art were also displayed.

The 14 student artists are: Swati Shetty, Manaswi Hegde, Arpita Shet, Archita Shet, Ananya G. Rao, Avani A.R., Navya Bhandari, Anusha Kamat, Shivani Rao, Anvita, Shaasthra Shetty, Namitha Nambiar, Supriya Prabhu and Sripriya K. They had formed seven groups comprising two students each and painted 50 paintings. The exhibition is open from 10.30 a.m. to 7 p.m. till April 10 at the Udupi Art Gallery, Opposite Admar Math, on Car Street, here.

Tribal art such as Warli, Mandana, Muria, Madhubani are exhibited