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Jangarh Singh Shyam

(India 1961 – 2001)

Tithee bird
Place of origin
Mandla DistrictMadhya PradeshIndia
Cultural origin
The term Adivasi (original inhabitants) is the preferred term for referring to the tribal peoples of India and their art. The artist belongs to the Pardhan subcaste, of the Gond tribe.
Contemporary (Adivasi, tribal or folk) circa 1950 - onwards → India
Media category
Materials used
poster colour on paper

55.8 x 70.9 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l., pencil " [not translated, Devanagari script, language Hindi] 1991".
Purchased 1993
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Jangarh Singh Shyam was 'discovered' by the renowned Indian modernist painter J Swaminath, and as a young man made the transition from village life to work in Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh. However it would be a mistake to think of Shyam as a tribal artist; indeed he was not born into a community of artists but a community of bards. Instead, Shyam was a tribal 'and' an artist, who was able to translate the songs and stories of his people into exquisitely rendered paintings. 'Tithee bird' is typical of Shyam's prodigious style. Vibrant, colourful, dynamic and expressive, his work gives life and vision to a world of myriad myths animated by the animals, birds, mountains and deities of his village home.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.56.

Bibliography (3)

Victoria Lynn, India Songs: multiple streams in contemporary Indian art, Sydney, 1993, 40, 41(colour illus.), 54. no. 42

Ann Macarthur, Inspirations - Art ideas for primary and middle years, Carlton South, 2004, cover (colour illus.) , 3 (colour illus.). card 3

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Contemporary Painting in Urban and Village India', Sydney, 2003, 56 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (1)

India Songs, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Apr 1993–09 May 1993