Origins of Art, the Gond village of Pantagarh
The rich tradition of Gond art is a surprisingly young form – not more than 35 years old. So how did it evolve? Artist Bhajju Shyam accompanies Japanese photographer Kodai Matsuoka on a visit to Patangarh, in the Dindori district of Madhya Pradesh, where all the best-known artists come from. The book weaves together their conversation in the form of an inspired verbal and visual dialogue between a knowledgeable insider and a curious visitor. Art and illustrations created by artists from the community complement the photographs with uncanny precision, literally embodying the relationship between lived life and the birth of art.
About the publisher;
Tara is a publishing collective based in Tamil Nadu for over 20 years.
They’re particularly well-known for screen-printed books made entirely by hand—from the paper to the printing and binding. 25 artisans are employed in their bookmaking workshop.
Integral to their publishing is a pioneering engagement with the rich diversity of Indian folk and tribal art, much of this art is said to have originated from women’s everyday art practices. As feminists, they are interested in exploring both traditional women’s art and contemporary renderings of women’s creativity.
Tara has won awards for many individual titles and prestigious awards including the London Book Fair International Publishing Industry Excellence Award, 2014 and the Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publisher (Asia Region), 2013.