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All you need to know about Warli Art

      Warli Art is a folk art of Maharashtra, India. Traditionally created by Warli tribal women on house walls, this beautiful form found expression outside of the community in the early 1970s. The tribal community express themselves in vivid styles through these paintings. For them, these paintings were the only medium of transmitting the folklore to those who are not familiar with their words. The most important thing about these paintings is that they do not depict any sort of religious customs or mythological characters or deities, but illustrate social life and nature, and the close harmony man and nature share in tribal communities.

      Pictures in Warli paintings are generally created in loose rhythmic patterns. The portrayals in these paintings primarily include scenes from everyday life, celebrations and other events. Depictions encompass hunting, farming, fishing, dancing, animals, trees, etc. These beautiful paintings also serve to highlight traditional and social aspirations of the local community.

The Symbolism of Content

      These paintings use a set of basic geometric shapes: a circle, a triangle, and a square. These shapes are symbolic of different elements of nature. The circle represents the sun and moon, while the triangle is derived from mountains and pointed trees.
      Warli people worshiped nature and depended on nature for food and everyday living. They did not believe in disrupting nature or taking more than they needed. The warli people believe in harmony between nature and human, and these beliefs are often reflected in their paintings.

      One of the important aspects of most Warli paintings is the “Tarpa dance”. The Tarpa, a
trumpet­ like instruments, is played in turns by different village men. Men and women entwine
their hands and move in a circle around the Tarpa player. For warli community’s life is an
endless circle, for them, death is not an end, but a new beginning.

Final words ­ Warli Art and Modern Trends

      Traditionally this art form is done on house walls, but Pratibha is using canvas, wine bottle, candle holder etc. for painting her imagination.This ancient art form not only tells about the culture of the tribal community but shows how much they respect nature. The eternal circle of life finds expression in some way or another through everyday depictions of work and celebration.