Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Story Books illustrated with Indian Folk Art.

 Indian Art and craft  is gaining huge popularity.

To promote awareness, various organisations  are putting in their best efforts.One such attempt that I found intresting is the use of art styles like the GOND ART from Madhya pradesh,PATACHITRA from Orrisa  etc in story books.I think its an effective tool to promote these dying art among  the current and the generation next.
Dastkari Haat Samiti is one such organisation which is working hands on with various publication houses like Pratham Books to develop story books depicting such art forms.

I came to know more about them ,when accidentally I brought a  story book called BULLI AND THE TIGER.The illustrations are superb.and what more its the story of a liitle girl Bulli growing up in Assam illustrated by Nankusiya Shyam in the Gond style.

Then I did some research and found that there are more such books depicting one style of art or the other.Have a look.

A simple yet effective story of Biju, a young weaver boy and his life in a little village in Orissa,

The thorough understanding that the author possesses of the various aspects of 'Ikat weaving' and beautifully illustrated in the patachitra style of Orissa gives the story a new dimension.

 This is the story of Manu, a potter's son. Here  one learns about his life, his hopes, his aspirations, his family and his community. As, Manu learns to collect the clay from the river bed, mix it, make toys, mould pots and bake them in the kiln, one realises that to be a skilled potter is a long and tedious journey.

The illustrations done in the Madhubani style of painting by Shanti Devi, a tribal artist, add to the earthy charm of the story. Children will not only enjoy the simple lines of the illustrations but may want to try their hands at it, as well!

This book takes one on an informative journey on the art of 'chikankari'embroidery of Lucknow.It is illustrated for the first time ever, in the Sanjhi art of paper cutting, by Ram Soni, an award winning artist.

A must see and read for all art and book lovers!!!


Vasudha S said...

I too have bought this book. I was attracted by the Gond illustrations and hoped that I could learn from it..

Sangitha said...

Yes Vasudha,

For the same reason I brought it too!!

awewonder said...

PATACHITRA from Odisha is an unique art in all over world and the drawing style of different kind of animal and birds are look alive. And most important thing is we can use these products to decorate our home.
home interior decorating

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Pratishtha Khan said...

These are lovely! What great finds. beautiful covers. you are right, they are a great find for books and art lovers.

meg said...

Really a great way of weaving art and literature together and a great way to put it across so beautifully!

I loved this blog and really appreciate your take on it!

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Anonymous said...

The art shown is simply outstanding you can check out more on art pictures

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