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Tithee bird



Jangarh Singh Shyam


1961 – 2001

  • Details

    Other Title
    Waterfowl and Snake
    Place where the work was made
    Patangarh village Mandla District Madhya Pradesh India
    Cultural origin
    Pardhan Gond community
    Media category
    Materials used
    poster colour on paper
    55.8 x 70.9 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.l., pencil " [not translated, Devanagari script, language Hindi] 1991".

    Purchased 1993
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Jangarh Singh Shyam

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  • About

    The original inhabitants of India are most correctly described by the umbrella term Adivasi. Under this term a large number of communities exist with different social, religious and artistic practises. Jangarh Singh Shyam was born into the community of Gond people who are one of the largest indigenous groups in India.

    As a response to drought and wide spread changed living conditions during the 1980s the Bharat Bhavan arts centre located in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh encouraged local and international curators and artists to visit Adivasi communities as a way of promoting their cultural practises.This acted as a catalyst for many Adivasi painters who found new subjects and mediums for painting. Raised within a family of bards, Jangarh Singh Shyam’s talent as an artist was 'discovered' by the renowned Indian modernist painter J Swaminath. As a young man he made the transition from village life to work in Bhopal and went on to feature in major international exhibitions.

    In the village environment Gond paintings were painted directly onto walls to illustrate folk lore and celebrate important social events. On the international scene, Jangarh Singh Shyam was able to translate the songs and stories of his people into exquisitely rendered paintings on paper. 'Tithee bird' is typical of his 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

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

      India Songs, Wollongong Art Gallery, Wollongong, 15 May 1993–12 Jun 1993

      India Songs, Orange Regional Gallery, Orange, 25 Jun 1993–31 Jul 1993

      India Songs, Canberra School of Art Gallery, Canberra, 05 Aug 1993–04 Sep 1993

      India Songs, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown, 17 Sep 1993–24 Oct 1993

    • Indian Folk Paintings and Textiles, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 29 May 2004–04 Jul 2004

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications

Other works by Jangarh Singh Shyam

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