Gond - Untitled 40

by Narmada Prasad Tekam
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Size: 23 x 29 inches
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
  • ABOUT Narmada Prasad Tekam

    Narmada Prasad Tekam is a renowned Gond artist from Madhya Pradesh, India, whose vibrant artworks are marked by his deep understanding of the rhythm of nature and life. His artworks feature human and animal figures, and draw inspiration from mythology and religion, as well. Like many of his fellow tribal artists, Narmada Prasad Tekam is entirely self-taught – he started creating art at the age of ten, making designs on the ground while tending to cattle in the fields, and painting on the walls of his home with black and yellow clay.

    Narmada Prasad Tekam’s immense talent was discovered by a student of acclaimed Indian artist, Jagdish Swaminathan, when he first came to Bharat Bhavan in Bhopal from his village, Patangarh, in 1983. Since then, his artworks have been displayed in many exhibitions, including a group show in Los Angeles, in 2010. The artist has also contributed illustrations of goddesses for the bilingual book, ‘Gond Devlok’ by Dr. Dharmendra Pare, published by the Adivasi Lok Kala and Tulsi Sahitya Academy. In 2006, he was awarded the Shikhar Samman by the Government of Madhya Pradesh.

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  • ABOUT Gond Art

    Among the largest tribes in India, the Gonds have a recorded history that goes back 1400 years. The Gonds are present in significant numbers in Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha, and their art is loved by connoisseurs of culture.

    The Gonds believe that a good image brings good luck, and it is this belief that can be found at the root of Gond art. Concerned with warding off evil and ushering in good luck, they decorate their houses with traditional tattoos and motifs.

    For the Gond, everything is intimately connected to nature, and Gond paintings feature motifs that depict their beliefs and rituals, life in the village, and man’s remarkable relationship with nature. Renowned for their vibrant colours and imaginative use of lines and dots, Gond artworks today are made using natural colours sourced from soil, plants, charcoal and cow dung, as well as acrylic paints.

    Jangarh Singh Shyam was India’s most noted Gond artist, who passed away in 2001. Several members of his family are renowned Gond artists, including his wife, Nankusia Shyam, children Mayank Shyam and Japani Shyam, brother in law Subhash Vyam and his wife, Durga Bai.

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