Folk and Tribal
Folk and tribal art in India takes on different manifestations through varied medium such as pottery, painting, metalwork,dhokra art, paper-art, palm-leaf art, weaving and designing of objects such as jewelry and toys. Often Gods and legends are transformed into contemporary forms and familiar images. Fairs, festivals, wedding rituals, and local deities play a vital role in these arts. It is in art where life and creativity are inseparable. The tribal arts have a unique sensitivity, as the tribal people possess an intense awareness very different from the settled and urbanized people. Their minds are supple and intense with myth, legends, snippets from epic, multitudinous gods born out of dream and fantasy. Their art is an expression of their life and holds their passion and mystery. Folk art also includes the visual expressions of the wandering nomads. This is the art of people who are exposed to changing landscapes as they travel over the valleys and highlands of India. They carry with them the experiences and memories of different spaces and their art consists of the transient and dynamic pattern of life. The rural, tribal and arts of the people of different region constitute the matrix of folk expression.
"Tribal religious traditions in India and 'village Hinduism' are examples of 'little traditions' within Hinduism." - Edward J. Brantmeier
- P. 102 Spirituality, Religion, and Peace Education By Edward J. Brantmeier, Jing Lin, and John P. Miller