The Art of communication through paintings: WARLI

India is known as the land that portrays culture and traditional vibrancy through its conventional art and crafts. Every region in India has its own style and pattern of art, which is known as folk art. The rural folk paintings of India bear distinctive colorful designs, which are treated with religious and mystical motifs.

Unlike the folk paintings such as Madhubani from Bihar, Cheriyal from Telangana, Kalighat from Kolkata, Pattachitra from Orissa which generally depicts mythological stories, Warli from Maharashtra depicts daily life and culture of the tribe “warli”. The word “warli” is derived from the word “warla” which means a piece of tilled land. Warli is the name of an agrarian tribe which resides in Maharashtra and certain parts of Gujarat in India.


Warli art was first discovered in the early seventies. While there are no records of the exact origins of this art, its roots may be traced to as early as 10th century A.D., when the practice of embellishing the walls of the house was the only means of transmitting folklore to general populace not well-versed in written word.

The use of single white pigment to paint increases the uniqueness and simplicity of this art. Each painting has numerous elements which gives a vast panoramic view of the culture, lifestyle and beliefs of the warli community. The warli culture is centered around the concept of Mother Nature and the elements of nature, festivals and events such as holi, diwali, harvest, weddings, etc., are often focal points depicted in warli paintings. The intricate use of geometric designs – lines, circles, triangles and squares tells us that there is more to the painting than what meets the eyes.

The upcoming 4 days workshop will be the journey into the culture and lifestyle of the warli community through different motifs such as trees, birds, animals, human actions and many more.

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Published by Ankita Deshpande!


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