/ Monday, 24 August, 2015 / Published in
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A land whose nickname is “Diversity”; where the climate is the determinant of its future; where the Gods are believed to be residing amongst the people.
Yes, India is its name and unfortunately, the core of its variety is not showcased enough. The core of mankind lies in its tribals, in its “uncivilized” society. Like the process of evolution, our ways have changed from eating humans to eating other smaller beings. Though the lines between civilized and uncivilized have blurred, art as a medium of expression remains the same.
Surprisingly, the promotion and display of tribal art is only restricted to a few pockets of the country and only a few of the art forms are recognized as indigenous. Warli, Patachitra, Madhubani, Dokra are some of the most famous tribal art forms in India. What about the other ones? The ones about which some people have had the privilege to know about, but not necessarily are talked about.
True there’s TRIFED(The Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited) and marketing of indigenous tribal products under the label of “Tribes India”, and various other centres and facilities set up for the promotion of tribal art, but there’s always this huge gap. Due to the excessive commercialization of only a few kinds of art forms, consumers can’t really differentiate between the original and the not-so-original works. And once something is commercialized, you see it everywhere. This creates a kind of boredom, a feeling of “everyday-ness”.
With more and more privatization in many sectors, the promotion of various kinds of tribal art can look forward to a shot in the neck. The government can only talk of tribal welfare in terms of providing bare essentials, and that too with a hidden agenda, and the support expected can only come from the sympathizers of these fellow humans who are still content with the way they were born and have been living for ages.