Winter is the best season to go out nearby places of Mumbai on weekends. The days are cool and sun is tolerable. Atmosphere is really pleasant in these days. On the last weekend, I went to “Mamacha Gaon” for refreshing my mind. It was really a wonderful experience.
The real attraction of the place for me was the “Warli Art Gallery”. Warli Paintings is a painting form from Maharashtra. “Warli” is a tribe which is found in the Northern Outskirts of Mumbai in Western India. The important feature of this tribe is the use symbolic expressions instead of lipi to convey their messages or laws of their tribes or can say code of conduct to next generation. I am giving some of the photos of Warali Painting, along with their description. Hope you will enjoy the art.
This painting is done on the walls created with mud and the rice paste is used for painting on such walls. [For the paste– rice is soaked in water for 40 hrs and then the rice paste is made in traditional way] The bamboo sticks are used to create the designs with the rice paste.
Different designs of trees in traditional Warli Painting.
Symbolical expression of their social life.. In the picture where we can see the face with circle on the head is treated as symbol for a lady and the one without a circle on the head is a male symbol.
Mother taking care of her Child
Holi festival celebration:
Playing Holi with Mud
The marriages are conducted with the traditional procedures.. Girls are required to perform Gawari dance and Boys are required to perform Kambli dance. Boys and Girls can choose each other as a life partner after seeing their dance performances. After choosing the partner, they are allowed to go on dating. Some times both of them stay in living relationship for some years and give birth to the children and later on go for marriages. Following are the pictures of their dance performances and their marriage procedure.
Gawari Dance: (Performed by Girls)
Kambli Dance: Performed by Young Men.
Choosing the partner and fixing the marriage.
Tarapa Dance : Specially performed at the time of marriage.
Marriage Celebrations and Party
Symbol painted on the door of the family where the marriage is held.
Relatives enjoying the marriage ceremony!
Since it is a tribal community and people are uneducated. They are mostly dependent on natural resources for their lively hood that is basic necessities. They have decided certain code of conduct for every generation, so even if there are frequent quarrels between them, such rules bind them as community.
Below the picture is giving a message that at the time of delivery of any lady in the community people should forget the differences and go for her help and participate in the joy of the family.
Celebration on the arrival of the new born….
Symbol of Happiness: Dancing Peacock
I was really amazed with the art, the way of expression and the belief of the people on their rituals and traditions..
Now days this painting form is used even for the commercial purpose. We get to see the bed sheets, dress materials, sarees, bags and many other things hand painted or screen printed or embroidery in warli painting. Even one gets to see the Warli painting walls specially included in their interiors to give a traditional look in Grade-I resorts.
The popularity of warli painting is increasing day by day even out of India.
Many people try to learn this art staying with the tribal people in their huts for some days & try to know their culture thoroughly.
The essence of Indian society lies in its traditions and culture.