circa 1950 -
Teju belongs to the Pauva caste, also known as Jogi or Bharathari. Their profession is to wake people at dawn, by singing. She first showed her work in Dehli at the Crafts Museum in 1985. She has also participated more recently in a show of her drawings at the Volkenkundemuseum, Zurich University, 1992 and 'Prakriti', Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, 1993. She has done many murals on cowdung and clay walls in Delhi and Udaipur. Her paintings on paper are in collections in India, Switzerland, Germany and America. Teju drew for the first time in 1986 at the encouragement of Haku Shah, her patron. She was directly inspired by the things around her, her house, children and Hindu beliefs. She often portrays herself in her work. While Teju's art does not derive from a particular 'Adivasi' style, it nevertheless displays influences from Rhajastani painting. Her images possess the same intensity apparent in the metallic sound of her voice.
India Songs, AGNSW, 1993, p. 48.
Place where the work was made
The term Adivasi (original inhabitants) is the preferred term for referring to the tribal peoples of India and their art. This artist belongs to the Pauva caste [also known as Jogi or Bharathari]. Her work does not relate directly to an Adivasi style but represents a contemporary style of folk painting.
poster colour on paper
56.5 x 71.5 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
India Songs, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Apr 1993–09 May 1993
Referenced in 1 publication
Victoria Lynn, India Songs: multiple streams in contemporary Indian art, Sydney, 1993, 48, 49 (colour illus.), 54. no. 60