Traditional Gond Art of MP's Dindori district receives GI Tag recognition
Madhya Pradesh's exquisite 'Gond paintings' have now been recognized with Geographical Indication (GI) tagging. This recognition is a testament to the exceptional skill and unique identity of the Gond Tribe, the custodians of this art form in the Dindori district of MP.
The GI tag is a sign which celebrates the distinctive characteristics of products that bud from their geographical origin. For the Gond art of MP, this recognition means that the traditional tribal art belonging to the state can now be popularized around the world. This will further ensure that the Gond artists also receive recognition and preservation of their craftsmanship. The tribe itself is believed to be one of the largest ones in India.
Patangarh Village: Home to the finest Gond artists in India
Gond-style paintings have been in existence for centuries. This pristine art form is most prevalent in MP, where most of the members of the Gond tribe reside. Most traditional practitioners of the art can be traced back to the Patangarh village, located in the Dindori district of the state.
In the Patangarh village of Dindori district, nearly every household boasts an artist who specializes in Gond art. The walls of the village are decorated with vibrant Gond paintings and motifs, adding to the charm and beauty of the place.
Characteristics of Gond art
Gond paintings are renowned for their vibrant color palettes, exuding hues of orange, yellow, blue and red. These colors are expertly combined with intricate line work and dots to create stunning images. Gond artists rely on colours sourced from flowers, stones and other natural sources, adding to the uniqueness of their work.
The minimalist forms depicted in Gond paintings include animals, trees, insects, fishes, birds and humans. Also, Gond art also features natural landscapes and deites, all while telling tales of the tribe's spiritual and cultural beliefs.
How will GI tagging uplift the tribal community?
The GI tagging of Gond art is a significant milestone for the tribe and is a matter of pride for the entire state, as it will help in preserving and promoting MP's unique cultural heritage.
The recognition also presents a great opportunity for the tribe to leverage their traditional art form for economic development and identity. The authorities are keen to explore various ways of promoting Gond art, including incorporating it into products like greeting cards, mobile covers and bags. This move not only provides a platform for Gond art to reach a wider audience but also expected to create employment opportunities for the tribe's artists.
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