EXCEPTIONAL WORLD TRIBAL ARTISTS

Bhuri Bai is an artist of the Adivasi Lok Kala Academy based in Bhopal. She has received in 1986 the highest award Shikhar Sanman from the Government of Madhya Pradesh. In 1998, government of Madhya Pradesh honoured her with the Ahalya Sanman. Ram Singh Urveti has been working in IGRMS for the last 20 years. He was inspired by Jangarh Shyam, the uncle of Urveti's wife. Ram Singh Urveti and his family arrived in town of Bhopal in early '90 and they lived with Jangarh Singh Shyam until 1997. Ram Singh Urveti's main subject is trees which appear in many forms in big number of paintings. A publication about his paintings of trees has been published by the Adivasi Lok Kala Academy in Bhopal. Bhajju Shyam's London Jungle Book, recently published has made him popular in many countries. His book explains his reactions responses to the cultural experience of living in London, which he interprets in the Gond Art style. Bhajju Shyam worked with Durga Bai and Ram Singh Urveti on Tara Publishing's The Night Life of Trees which won in Italy the Bolognaragazzi Award. One day Rajendra Shyam showed his gond tribal art paintings to Shampa Shah and she told him: "You had better leave your job and take up painting full time". It was not until 2007 that he was able to act on her advice. Rajendra is a full fledged artist now, interested in creating paintings about village life and the enchanting tales he heard from the old storyteller around the fire, in the forest. Suresh Dhrube has been showcasing his works together with other Gond tribal artists, all over India, but the exhibition which is very important to him was the one held in Bharat Bhawan. It is Suresh Dhrube, after Jangarh Singh Shyam, whose over 30 gond tribal art paintings were exhibited as a solo. When Dilip Shyam was awarded with the Jangarh Singh Shyam Price in 2008, he was extremely happy. It was like when a dream become reality; he had always wanted to be an inspired folk art artist like his uncle Jangarh.



Picture 1: Ram S. Urveti Law of Nature
Picture 2: Dilip Shyam Earth and Sky