The genre popularly known as ‘Gond art’ is more accurately called the ‘Jangarh Style’ or ‘Jangarh Kalam’, after Jangarh Singh Shyam, who was discovered in Madhya Pradesh by the visionary artist Jagdish Swaminathan in 1981.
Traditionally, Pardhan Gond artists narrate stories through songs, passed on and kept alive for generations.
In Sacred Roots, Sukhnandi Vyam Pardhan's distinctive voice dispels the notion of a shared 'folk' or 'tribal' art form. His work is set apart by an intellectual approach. While referencing Jangarh's lineage through the finely executed works, he moves beyond established imagery, to focus on the role of his people as custodians of nature.
This painting depicts the fleet-footed Barasingha, the endangered swamp deer, the state animal of Madhya Pradesh in central India. Deforestation, poaching, and the draining of swamps for farming have led to a decline in their numbers.
Pen and Ink, Gouache on Paper
30in x 22in
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