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Gond art is unique to it's namesake Adivasi community. While the art is predominant in Madhya Pradesh, the artist communities are spread across Andhra, Orissa and even Maharashtra. The art is inspired by the communities reverence of nature, it's trees, animals, water bodies, mountains and more. Myths, beliefs and even dreams find their way on to the canvas. The art and it's stories is thus sacred.
Originally the Gond community painted their homes. Making paintings and decorating functional items commercially came much later, in the 20th century. Like most traditional arts, they were earlier painted in natural colours. Brown comes from Gheru or red earth, yellow from Chui Mitti, Red comes from flowers, Black from lampsoot and Green from leaves. However natural colours are not in abundance and artists moved to poster colours later.
Mithilesh Shyam started painting when he was eight years old. While they are from the Gond community, his parents were not artists. They were construction workers. One of his uncles realized Mithilesh had artistic talent and took him under his wing. Since then Mithilesh has struggled between painting and doing odd jobs for sustenance. His focus is commendable as is his art. He has so far showcased work in Delhi in the Taj Hotel, the Lodhi art district and the National Crafts Museum. He has done commissioned work for Rohit Duggal, Latika Nath, Ajay Jain and even Rajeev Sethi of the Asian Heritage Foundation.
Roshni Shyam, his wife is a huge support and also paints up quite a storm.
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