These are paintings done by people of the Warli tribe, an ancient east Indian tribe. Art does not need to be complex to be appreciated, it needs to reflect life. Unlike most other ancient Indian painting traditions that use vibrant colors and depict mythological stories in fine detail, Warli paintings express everyday life using extremely basic object forms and just one color – white – on an austere mud base.
I conducted a workshop in December 2006, as part of Dance India Taste India carnival of Temple of Fine Arts, Singapore. The response was good and the students enjoyed learning this traditional folk art form.
Singapore education minister T Shanmugarathnam who officially inaugurated this carnival, appreciated the work done to expose the Singapore public to such unique art forms.
Feedback from students who attended the workshop:
“Was very interesting and engaging. Looking forward for more of such workshops.”
“An excellent workshop conducted by Temple of Fine arts. Very apt to have had during Dance India & Taste India carnival. The instructor was very professional in conducting this workshop.”
“Very good workshop which demonstrates in a structured and simple mannerthe beauty of tribal folk art. Very interesting.” – Ms Sarita Sriram, Director – Engage Consumer Interfaces, Singapore.