The Gonds, are the largest Adivasi Community in India and are mainly found in Madhya Pradesh and its surrounding states. They are Dravidian and their origin can be traced to the pre-Aryan era. The word Gond comes from Kond, which means green mountains in the dravidian idiom. The Gonds traditionally painted on mud walls of their houses.
The work of Gond artists is rooted in their folk tales and culture, and thus story-telling is a strong element of every painting. These tribal artworks are rich in detail, colour, mystery and humor. The Gond paintings bear a remarkable likeness aboriginal art from Australia as both styles use dots to create the painting.
The subject here has a very interesting story. The gonds have a musical instrument made of wood called the Baanaa which they play during their prayers to make their gods and goddesses happy. Here they have shown a depiction of this with the birds, deer, etc flocking together around them as they play the instrument.
Dimensions (with frame) ~ 12 inches width x 18 inches height
Artist ~ Ramesh Shyam