Must Art Gallery – Introduction
Must Art Gallery has been set up by Ms. Tulika Kedia of the Singinawa Conservation Foundation in order to promote visibility and appreciation of indigenous through curated experiences.
India, one of the most culturally diverse countries has a multitude of ethnic art forms interspaced along its land-mass. Most of these have been practiced by tribal artists in remote areas since ages, and even though they’ve emerged on the “art scene” in the recent years, seldom get the attention they deserve.
Must Art Gallery aims to resolve this issue, while giving patrons of indigenous art a venue to indulge in said art forms.
For the traveller with a keen interest in Indian culture, an interaction here is a must-do.
About Must Art Gallery
Located in Delhi, Must Art gallery specialises in indigenous tribal & folk forms comprising paintings, masks & sculptures, from across India.
The gallery serves as a perfect venue for a curated showcase.
Travellers can choose to explore the myriad forms from across the country in one convenient spot, assisted by art experts, and (if so required), artists themselves.
The experience can be:
- A visit to the gallery
- A visit to the gallery, combined with a talk by an expert & accompanied by high tea.
- Elaborate day-long options involving interaction with the artists, live art demos and F&B inclusions can be organised at Villa Serenity (A five bedroom farmhouse by Singinawa Residences in Chhattarpur Farms) on special request.
Must Art Gallery – Location
Featured Art Forms at Must Art Gallery
An art form from Central India practiced by Gond tribal community (one of central India’s largest indigenous communities). Most artists have signature styles which are intrinsically used to fill the surface of their decorative patterns and motifs.
The Bhils, are the second largest tribal community of India residing in the states of Madhya Pradesh & Rajasthan. The art form consists of delightful images from myth and folklore.
Pigments are ground from natural materials, leaves and flowers, while brushes are made with Neem twigs.
Madhubani painting or Mithila painting is a style of Hindu painting, practiced in the Mithila region and in Indian States of Bihar.
Painting is done with fingers, twigs, brushes, nib-pens, and matchsticks, using natural dyes and pigments, and is characterised by eye-catching geometrical patterns.
The Warlis or Varlis are an indigenous tribe or Adivasis, living in mountainous as well as coastal areas of Maharashtra and surrounding areas.
Only white pigment (a mixture of rice paste and water with gum as a binding) is used for the paintings. A bamboo stick chewed at the end is used as a paintbrush.
The art of the Jogi family is an outcome of a collaboration of Ganesh Jogi and his wife Teju with the renowned artist & anthropologist Haku Shah.
Drawings on paper with a ballpoint pen employ a deceptively simple, childlike register of free flowing lines enclosing flattened, two-dimensional forms that are intricately filled with dots and patterns.
This is a style of wall mural painting associated with the Sura tribe of the state of Odisha in India. These paintings, also called ikons (or ekons) are visually similar to Warli paintings and hold religious significance.
People, horses, elephants, the sun, the moon and the tree of life are recurring motifs in these ikons.
This art from Mathura is of hand cutting designs on pape . Traditionally, motifs from the Krishna stories are created in stencil and used to decorate spaces, or are used for filling in with colours in water.
The cutting process requires enormous skill, concentration and patience, and is achieved with specially designed scissors.
Other forms featured at the Must Art gallery are: Pichwai, Miniature & Company School (Rajasthan) | Rogan (Gujarat) | Baiga (Madhya Pradesh) | Khovar (Jharkhand) | Kalighat, Chaksudan Pat (West Bengal) | Pattachitra (Odisha) | Wood Carvings (Miscellaneous)