India’s Most Famous: Part 1: Tribal Art & Painting

India’s Tribal Art & Painting


India is so vast and diversified that coloring the nation with one color is unfair and completely impossible. I am born in India and spent most of my time in traveling and exploring different parts of the country, I always try to find the unique culture and hidden art from all over the region. Even today, when I confront and explore the talent in my own country, it left me amazed always, also it make me realize that there are so many thing in the country that are absolutely marvelous & it require to be explore and appreciate by the people & need help from local and government. It’s also our responsibility to make these talented people/group and their hard work to be presented in the front of world.

So, please come forward and start helping these Artist’s to showcase there talent to the world. One simple way is to start a small investment in their art by buying it (Yes, I called it investment because it’s no lesser than gold, its precious). We generally, overlook and also thinks it’s too costly to own the original art piece, but to your knowledge, first it’s not costly to own original Art piece, it is started as low as INR 300 (or some even lesser) painted by Artist.  Secondly every art piece has Artist’s emotion attached to it, so all art pieces might have different price, but you will find something interesting in all budget ranges, so start with a small investment of INR 300 per year, and own a beauty of art, forever.

with National Award Artist’s Mr. Heeraman and Mrs Urwati from Madhya Pradesh, India. I invested in these two lovely “Gond Painting” – Tree of Life & Local Milking Cow.

Through “India’s Most Famous: Part 1” blog, it’s our small step and a try, to bring the hidden and unexplored talent in the field of “Tribal Painting & Art” in front of our travelers friend.

We are starting with a tribal painting called “Gond Painting” and sharing some details about this oldest form of painting. One thing is for sure that the moment you see the Gond painting, its vibrant colors and the Artist’s hard work & imagination behind the painting, you won’t stop appreciating and fall in love with the painting’s, like I did.



Gond paintings are a form of painting from folk and tribal art that is practiced by one of the largest tribes in India with whom it shares its name. Gond comes from the Dravidian expression, Kondwhich means ‘the green mountain’. While Gond paintings are considered to be from predominantly from Madhya Pradesh, it is also quite common in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhatisgarh and Odisha. Gond art has become so predominant that the Government of India has stepped in to preserve their art form for future generations to enjoy.


Painting in the region has been happening for a really long time as the history of the Gond people dates nearly 1400 years previously, however, the Gond people could just be imitating their ancestors as there are cave paintings in the region that go all the way back to the Mesolithic Period. Paintings, as well as other art forms, have always been quite popular with tribal people in India, especially the Gond tribe. Even amongst the Gond people, it was most prominent among the Pardhan Gonds who were renowned for their artistic skills, be it painting or music. The Gond people have a belief that viewing a good image begets good luck. This belief led the Gond people to decorate the walls as well as the floor of their houses with traditional tattoos and motifs. Gond paintings have also been used by the Gond people as a way to record their history.


Gond paintings can best be described as ‘on line work’. The artist makes sure to draw the inner as well as outer lines with as much care as possible so that the perfection of the lines has an immediate effect on the viewer. Lines are used in such a way that it conveys a sense of movement to the still images. Dots and dashes are added to impart a greater sense of movement and increase the amount of detail.

“Tree of Life” , Painted by Artist Mr. Heeraman, we invested on this, our first Gond painting.

Another very striking facet of Gond paintings has to be the use of bright vivid colours such as white, red, blue and yellow. The paints are usually derived naturally from objects such as charcoal, coloured soil, plant sap, leaves and even cow dung. More specifically, yellow from Chui mitti  which is a type of local sand, brown from Gheru mitti which is another type of sand, green is readily procured from leaves while the colour red is obtained from the Hibiscus flower.


Modern Innovations

Modern Gond paintings aren’t painted on walls and floors and are instead painted on canvas. This makes sure that it is not only much easier to transport, carry and hang on a wall, but the use of canvas helps the paintings to stand out much more than it would if it were made on a wall. Due to the scarcity of natural colors in the current age, Gond artists have started to use poster colours. This combined with the use of canvas has made modern Gond paintings much more vivid than its traditional counter parts.

Interesting Facts

  • The Pardhan Gonds are also are accomplished singers and many paintings are visual depictions of these songs.
  • Gond paintings are popularly drawn during major festivals like Holi, Diwali, etc.
  • Gond paintings are of such a good quality that it isn’t uncommon for them to last 20 years or so, without any external tampering.
  • It is said that Gond paintings resemble aboriginal art from Australia.
  • Gond paintings have also become quite common on wooden trays, boxes and other miscellaneous objects which have helps to increase its popularity and spread awareness.


If you like these Painting’s and wanted to know more about the Painting, Artist’s or if you wanted to Purchase these Paintings direct from the Artist’s, please contact us at Email:; we will make arrangements for you to connect with Artist’s.


NOTE:  All the images that are not belong to Lifetimemusafir, are taken just to describe Gond Art and have no intention to monetize the web page, website, blog or any related online or offline model. If you have any queries or issues related to images (in regards to ownership), kindly write to us at

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