Gond art comes with the belief that a good image brings good luck. This inherent belief led the Gonds to decorate their houses and floors with traditional tattoos and motifs. Today, Gond art products such as Gond painting on wood, painted wooden trays and boxes have become extremely popular globally. The Gonds are among the largest tribes in Central India, numbering about 4 million. Though predominantly centered in Madhya Pradesh, they are present in significant numbers in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Odisha. The word “Gond” comes from the Dravidian expression kond, meaning “the green mountain.” Traditionally made on festive occasions such as KarwaChauth, Diwali, Ashtami and Nag Panchmi, Gond painting depicts various celebrations, rituals and man's relationship with nature. These mystical art forms are created by putting together dots and lines. The imaginative use of the line imparts a sense of movement to the still images. The paintings are an offering in worship of nature, and are also a mode of seeking protection and warding off evil. The work of Gond artists is rooted in their folk tales and culture, and thus story-telling is a strong element of every painting. Presented here is a fine work of Art by Nationally renowned Gond Artist.
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