PRESENTATION- Ethnicity and Artistic Production
Warli folk paintings are paintings of
. Warli is the name of the largest
foundon the northern outskirts of Mumbai, in Western India. The word
“Warli” comes from “
which means a piece of land or a field. So often we see the depiction of natural beauty andtradition in this art form. Yashodhra Dalmia in her review points out that all strands of Warliculture discuss the ritual cycle of the year with all its festivals. Hence, more than depictingmythological characters, they depict
. Images of human beings and animals, along withscenes from daily life are created in a loose rhythmic pattern. Painted white on mud walls, theydepict scenes of human figures engaged in activities like hunting, dancing, sowing ,harvesting,drawing water from well, drying clothes or even dancing showing a vivid expression of daily andsocial events. Made with rice paste, each painting has a different purpose: to assuage evil spirits, protect the inhabitants of the house and also celebrate births, marriages, and good harvests.While men and women are depicted in almost identical fashion, the only differentiator is the littleknot of hair in the form of a bun that indicates women. Their precarious equilibrium symbolizesthe balance of the universe, and of the couple.