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Satrangi, an annual exhibition exploring Warli Tribal Art

Satrangi is an annual exhibition and explores genre of tribal arts. Having displayed works from genres of Gond, Madhubani-Mithila and Bheel, this year, the theme is Warli. The aim is to bring forth the traditional art techniques and keep the skill alive and appreciated.

Satrangi will begin on September 4th, 2019 Ojas Art Gallery. The exhibition curated by Anubhav Nath, Curatorial Director at Ojas Art Gallery, will feature the Ojas Art Awardees – Rajesh Chaitya Vangad (Master Artist) and Tushar and Mayur Vayeda (Protege Artist) along with Amit Mahadev Dombhare, Kishore Mahase, Sadashiv Mashe and Shantaram Gorkhana.

Illuminating parallels between traditional Warli works and contemporary take on the same, the show will reveal how the artists have embraced this art of the past in order to leap forward and contribute to the language of this 21st century and will continue till the 25th September, 2019. Following the legacy of traditional WARLI style, the artists’ works are reflective of human engagement with the environment.

The Warli tribals speak of ancient times and evoke their ancestral cultures, dating back to 2500 BC, through their ritualistic paintings made as murals on walls. Mainly created by women to mark and observe weddings, ceremonies and joyous occasions, these murals were made using soil, cow dung and rice paste.

Only in the 1970’s this art form was transferred from walls to canvases, which also helped in taking the art form to the world. Jivya Soma Mashe (1934-2018) popularized this art form and is considered as the Father of Contemporary Warli Art.

The participating artists are experts of their field having participated in the fifth edition of the prestigious Ojas Art Award and exhibited their art works at ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2019. Also, selected artworks will be on display at ZEE JLF Colorado, USA to be held in September 2019.

The award is co-organised between Teamwork Arts, producer of the Jaipur Literature Festival, and Delhi-based art organization OJAS Art.

“I believe that art has a language. It makes the spectators feel and with this edition of Satrangi we once again explore this connection that the human mind and soul has with art! “shares Anubhav Nath, Curatorial Director at Ojas Art Gallery.

“The present exhibition presents some of the finest Warli paintings in contemporary times, covering almost all the variegated aspects of the thousand year old tradition. It is an attempt to give art connoisseurs an opportunity to peep into this most ancient art tradition which is still alive in its original pristine form,” said Prof Neeru Misra, Project Advisor, Satrangi.

What: 5th edition of Satrangi: An Exhibition of Warli Art by OJAS ART Awardees 2019

Where: At Ojas Art Gallery, 1AQ, Near Qutab Minar, Mehrauli, New Delhi

When:  4th September – 25th September 2019.

Timings:  11am – 7pm, Monday Closed



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