'Waghya Dev or Waghoba' is the cat-deity, depicted as a leopard or tiger. For the Warlis, Waghya Dev or Waghoba is a powerful force, one that helps them coexist with the predators, as well as protects them. The Waghoba shrine and the faith it represents runs deep. The annual 'Waghbaras', a night of celebrating the Waghoba brings the community together.
ARTISANS’ presents the first ever exhibition in Mumbai of the brothers Mayur (29) and Tushar (38) Vayeda, internationally celebrated artists from the indigenous Warli community in western India.
In Regeneration the Vayedas seek to reconnect with their ancestors; to reclaim and reconstruct their ancient legacy for a new generation; and to transform their collective lives. This call for regeneration is inspired by natural and indigenous systems that heal and restore damaged ecosystems.
In this series, the Vayeda brothers adapt their inherited style of painting to communicate. While they strive to preserve the basic grammar of its style and remain deeply connected to its origins, their concepts go far beyond, to address universal concerns. In the process they move their tradition forward, towards the vanguard of contemporary Warli art.
White on Natural Colour
Gouache on traditionally treated unbleached cotton cloth, painted with bamboo sticks
Water based colour and cow dung on cloth
30cm X 30cm
12in x 12in
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