Thursday, May 6, 2010


My experiment with Jadoopatiyan art.
Water colour.Size24x16".

This painting is very close to Santhal's trditionl art Jadoopatiyan paintings but my strokes and colors are vary a bit.
Jadoopatiyan paintings are available in different sizes .The length of canvas usually veries from five to 10 feet and is built with the help of wood and cloth.Imagine a fantasy land where nature is a benevolent queen. Where the woods are lovely, dark, green and deep. Where the sky is an azure blue. A place where you can hear the sounds of silence and test the elegance of nature. A state, where lush forests, water falls, lakes, rivulets, flora and fauna, wild life, all allure visitors. A Place where you can see a rich tradition of folk paintings. Yes, Jharkhand’s Santhal paragana is your short-cut to dream land.


The glorious past of Santhal Parganas (Jharkhand,India) is fully reflected in its legends, its art and culture. But it is painting that occupies the pride of place. It is still customary is Santhal Parganas to pain symbolic motifs on walls of houses, on plain clothes and on trunk of trees. These paintings reflect the socio- cultural tradition which is seeped in religiosity and there is an overtone of mythology.The unique traditional Jadoopatiyan painting which formed an inseparable part of the centuries old Santhal culture is now facing a threat for want of patrons and the onslaught of consumerism. Simplicity of form and use of natural materials are the cormer stones of this folk painting . Jadoopatiyan painting is mostly based on epic terminology from the Ramayana, Mahabharata, the life of Lord Krishna, creation of universe and punishment by Yamraj after and punishment by Yamraj after death. This traditional art resembles Madhubani painting of Mithila, Manjusha art of Ang Janpad ( the capital of Karna Bhagalpur ) Kolam of Tamil Nadu, Rangoli of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Lady with flowers, My experiment with Jadoopatiyan art.
Water colour.Size 16x24"

The artists who paint Jadoopatiyan paintings are known as Jadoo in Santhal parlance. The aesthetic creativity of Jadoo in the Santhal region comprising Dumka, Godda, Deoghar, Pakur and Sahibganj district of Bihar, is similar to Warli tribal painting of Maharashtra, the Kalighat paintings of Calcutta and the Pat Chitra Kala of Orissa.In fact, Jadoo plays the role of social reformer on his canvas. He teaches the importance of morality by depicting the punishment by Yamraj to the wrongdoers after their death.The Jadoopatiyan paintings are available in different sizes and mainly use four colours- red, green black, yellow. These colours are derived from natural resources. The length of canvas usually veries from five to 10 feet and is built with the help of wood and ok’d cloth.In these paintings men have abnormally large eyes and just on side of the face is depicted. The women have long backs and the bird are used symbolicallyBut the Jadoopatiyan painting which can keep alive a tradition are fast fading away. The Jadoo are shifting away from this traditional art due to penury.
-Pritima Vats

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