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Exhibition of tribal art in Goa from March 2

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From the hinterland:A painting by a tribal artist which will be on display at the exhibition in Panaji.
From the hinterland:A painting by a tribal artist which will be on display at the exhibition in Panaji.

: Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Ltd. (TRIFED) will showcase tribal paintings for the first time in Goa.

A five-day ‘Aadi Chitra’ exhibition will begin here on Tuesday. The exhibition, which will be held at Kala Akademi in the city, will be on till March 2.

As an autonomous body, with headquarters in Delhi and functioning under the Union government, TRIFED is primarily engaged in the development and marketing of tribal products.

The exhibition will present creative expressions of about 40 tribal artists. TRIFED managing director Jiji Thomson will inaugurate it at 5 p.m.

‘Aadi Chitra’ will cover tribes such as the Gonds (Madhya Pradesh), Bhils, Rathwa (Gujarat), Saura (Orissa) and Warli (Maharashtra).

Organisers said the paintings invariably depict positive themes, ranging from religious to secular, from gods and goddesses to animals and birds, life-cycles and the five basic elements.

TRIFED also promotes handicrafts and natural products produced by tribals in order to improve the livelihoods of the communities by creating business opportunities for them. As part of its marketing initiatives, TRIFED has already established a chain of 34 unique showrooms called ‘Tribes India’ across the country. The federation has been organising exhibitions at different locations for promoting tribal art and craft.

Researchers say the 1980s saw a rise in popularity of a few tribal artists like Jivya Soma Mashe, Jangar Singh Shyam, Taideo Baghel, Bhuri Bai and Pema Fatya. In the 1990s and the 2000s, TRIFED supported tribal artists like Rameswar Munda and Paresh Rathwa.

Besides holding exhibitions, TRIFED gives training in handloom and handicrafts besides organising workshops for improving skills of the communities in scientific collection, processing, storage of MFPs (minor forest produce) aimed at helping them enhance quality.

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