Pithora Horses

Artist : Ladoo Bai

Size - 14"h x 22"w

Acrylic on paper

 

About the Art

In the cultural tradition of the Bhils of Madhya Pradesh, Pithora horses are painted usually on the walls of their home by  the traditional painter as an offering to their devas. As the story goes, in the kingdom of Dharmi Raja, people had forgotten how to laugh or sing and dance. Pithora, the prince, then undertakes a journey on horseback to the abode of the goddess Himali Harda, who gives them back their laughter, songs and dance. Pithora wall paintings depict this Bhil myth.

 

 About the Artist

 

Ladoo Bai, a Bhil artist who is in her late 50’s comes from the tribal districts of Madhya Pradesh with tattoos adorning her face and arms. She draws her inspiration from nature, flora and fauna, rituals and festivals, Bhil gods and goddesses depicting them in the traditional Bhil style which is steeped in ethnic animism and spirituality. Ladoo Bai like many other ethnic fresco painters of her generation is making new statements through her art within the ambit of traditions.
She switched to paper from the mud walls of her tribal home under the tutelage of Jagdish Swaminathan, who set up the art center Roopanker in Bharat Bhavan in 1981.
Ladoo Bai works as an artist at the Adivasi Lok Kala Academy. Her works are in private collection of both national and international patrons.

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