Monday, June 22nd, 2009 | Author:

One form of paintings that was almost forgotten but still managed to come back into the limelight was Pithora paintings. This art form is practiced by tribes of Bhils, Rathwas and Nayaks of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. For these tribes, the art form holds significant importance. It is much more than colorful paintings on the wall. The images represent important occasions in the lives of the tribes like festivals, wedding, birth etc. Pithora paintings act as a medium to signify auspicious occasions that takes place in community and family. The paintings have animated figures and wonderful usage of colors at its core. The art from represents joy and celebration and thus they represents emotions of the artists.  


One of the terms often associated with Pithora paintings is ritual. Many experts consider it as a ritual than an art form. The reason being, these paintings are a way to express gratitude or to thank Lord Almighty. The paintings are very earthy in nature. The ethnicity of rural India is truly manifested through Pithora paintings. Right from idea to theme and execution, the ethnicity factor rules the roost. Even the colors used are very much natural. Materials are prepared by mixing milk with pigments. The artist community is very much dependent on forest and its resources for their livelihood. They normally live in mud houses that are decorated with Pithora paintings.


What differentiates Pithora Paintings from other rural paintings like Warli and Madhubani painting is the fact that it is dominated by male. That implies most of the art work is done by males only. Pithora paintings have come into focus again after years of hibernation. It is getting its due in big way. Hope, the encouragement for this genuine and original form of art continues.  

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