We are elated to have come on board as Art Partners for The Frame TV by Samsung, a fantastic new offering that's a TV when switched on and your personal art gallery when switched off. Powered by 'The Art Store', a collection of over 1,400 artworks curated by some of the most eminent galleries, institutions and collectives from around the world, The Frame TV brings you the best of art in a way like never before.
As part of our on-going curation for The Art Store, it's been an absolute delight bringing the rich diversity of Indian Folk Art to a global audience. From Odisha Pattachitra to Madhubani, from Phad to Baiga, this collaboration has been a journey of discovery, rediscovery, awe and wonder for us. Scroll down for more about the art forms we explored and the contemporary practitioners keeping these traditions alive.
Kalighat Painting by Shanuyar Chitrakar
Kalighat Painting is a school of painting that originated in the vicinity of the Kalighat Kali Temple in Kolkata, West Bengal. Originating as souvenir items for visitors to the temple, these works depicts gods, goddesses, scenes from the Indian epics and mythology as well as scenes from everyday life.
Ramayana I (2020) by Shanuyar Chitrakar
Ramayana II (2020) by Shanuyar Chitrakar
Phad Scroll Painting by Vijay Shah
Phad is a type of religious scroll painting done on a piece of scroll or canvas called phad. They typically feature the narratives of two folk deities of Rajashthan – Pabuji and Devnarayan. These scrolls also double up as mobile temples of these two deities.
Battle of Haldighati (2021) by Vijay Shah
Radha Krishna (2021) by Vijay Shah
Bhil Art by Shanta Bhuria and Anil Bariya
The Bhils are India’s second largest tribal community. Their instantly recognisable art form is characterised by dots and vibrant colours. Originating as ritualistic frescos for walls and ceilings, Bhil art is now found across multiple mediums and materials. Thematically, it depicts everything from people, animals, trees, insects to various rituals as well as events and festivities.
Deers (2021) by Shanta Bhuria
Elephant Riders (2021) by Anil Bariya
Odisha Pattachitra by Abhimanyu Bariki
Odisha Pattachitra is a traditional cloth-based painting of Odisha, India. The canvas for these paintings is specially prepared following a traditional process and all the paints are derived from natural sources like vegetables, lampblack and shells. The themes of Pattachitras include religious, mythological, and folk narratives with Krishna Leela and Lord Jagannath being important motifs.
Mandala Rasa Pattachitra (2020) by Abhimanyu Bariki
Vasanta Rasa Pattachitra (2020) by Abhimanyu Bariki
Baiga Painting by Judaiyabai
The Baigas are one of the most primitive tribes of India. The motifs and patterns found in their art originated as tattoo designs sported by the women of the tribe. These have since found expression in other mediums as floral and geometric designs, horses, elephants with riders, scorpions, peacocks and tribal myths.
Shepherd (2021) by Judaiyabai
Baghesur Dev (2021) by Judaiyabai
Cheriyal Painting by Sai Kiran
Cheriyal Painting is a type of scroll painting prevalent in the state of Telangana, India. They depict themes and stories drawn from ancient literary, mythological and folk traditions interspersed with scenes depicting rural life. The costumes, settings and iconography are strongly influenced by local tastes and sensibilities.
Bonalu Festival (2021) by Sai Kiran
Sowing Paddy (2021) by Sai Kiran
Madhubani Painting by Krishna Paswan
Madhubani art, also known as Mithila art, is a rich tradition of domestic ritual painting that takes its name from the region in northern Bihar where it began and continues to thrive. Historically, women made Madhubani paintings on the freshly plastered walls and floors of mud huts. These skills and techniques were passed down for centuries, preserving Madhubani’s unique qualities, and today both men and women paint in this style onto cloth, handmade paper and canvas.
Bride (2021) by Krishna Paswan
Kohbar (2021) by Krishna Paswan
Gond Painting by Maansingh Vyam and Raju Maravi
The Gonds are one of central India’s largest indigenous communities. The Pardhan Gonds are a subsect of the Gonds and were responsible for perpetuating the collective memory of virtues, stories of valour of Gond kings, and folklores through ballads. In return, they received patronage from the kings and the community. Although the Pardhans have now lost the patronage of kings and benefactors, they are desperately trying to preserve the age-old collective memory and their musical energy through the medium of paintings.
Tiger (2011) by Maansingh Vyam
Peacock (2021) by Raju Maravi
Kerala Mural Painting by Rinesh N M
Kerala Mural Paintings are frescos depicting Hindu mythology in the ancient temples and palaces of Kerala.
Ananthasayanam (2021) by Rinesh N M
Apsara (2021) by Rinesh N M
Warli Painting by Anil Vangad
Pioneered by the Warli tribe, located on the outskirts of Mumbai, these paintings use a set of basic geometric shapes: a circle, a triangle, and a square symbolic of different elements of nature. The circle represents the sun and the moon, while the triangle depicts mountains and conical trees. The central motif in each ritual painting is the square, known as the "chauk" or "chaukat“. Starting off as wall paintings, Warli has moved on to paper and canvas in recent times. Apart from ritualistic events and festivities, Warli paintings also cover day-to-day activities of the village people.
Village Life (2021) by Anil Vangad
Tarpa Dance (2021) by Anil Vangad