Tribal artworks gifted to leaders of different countries by PM Modi
Artworks related to tribal art and handicrafts from different parts of India have been selected by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as gifts to various heads of state he met during his three-nation tour.
Official sources said that Dogra art was given to leaders of Australia, Brazil, Cook Islands and Tonga, and one of the earliest manifestations of this ancient art is the dancing woman artefact found at Mohenjo Daro and Harappan excavations.
Common themes in Dogra art revolve around Hindu gods, goddesses and various animal figures.
Modi chose Gond paintings, one of the most revered tribal art forms, for his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau. These paintings, made up of dots and lines, have been part of the visual art on the walls and floors of Gonds, and are done with the construction and reconstruction of each house, using locally available natural colors and materials like charcoal, paint. Soil, plant sap, leaves, cow dung and limestone powder, they noted.
A Pithora was gifted to Niue, a Pacific island nation. It is a ritualistic tribal folk art of Rathwa artisans from Chota Udaipur in Gujarat and is considered a living proof of an ever-changing ethos highlighting Gujarat’s highly enriched folk and tribal art culture, officials said.
They noted that the Prime Minister has always paid special attention to the promotion of tribal art and culture.
The Prime Minister concluded a three-country tour of Japan, Papua New Guinea and Australia on Wednesday.