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Friday, 6 February 2015

Oru Bhil Katha

Translation of English Title A Bhil Story, Kuk... kuk... The poor rooster canÕt KUKAROOKOO because his throat is so parched. There is not a drop of water left in the village pond. The only hope is to find a badwa who can ask the gods to send rain. What does the badwa tell the villagers to do? Go home and paint! This adventure-filled origin myth about Bhil art revolves around the thirst for rain and water conservation Ñ important for a tribe living in the dry western and central parts of India. Their close interaction with the natural world finds abiding expression in their art, called pithora. Painting is like prayer for the Bhils, and each dot in the vibrant and colourful patterns represents an ancestor whom they invoke for the well-being of all forms of life. A Bhil Story was developed during a workshop at the Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay, supported by the Tata Centre for Technology and Design, after which Nina and her team travelled with Sher Singh to his village. They recorded the story in the voices of the villagers for an animated film called Ek Bhil Ni Varta, from which this book evolved. The entire collaboration has created a stunning picture book that is humorous and dramatic.

About the Author

Nina Sabnani is an illustrator, animator and filmmaker, and is currently Professor at the Industrial Design Center, IIT Bombay, Mumbai. Her passion for collaborative work with folk artists led to four earlier books of Tulika Ð Mukand and Riaz, Stiching Stories, It's all the same and My Gandhi's Story.

About the Illustrator

Sher Singh Bhil belongs to the Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh. He learnt paiting from his mother, Bhuri Bai, from the age of seven. By 15, he was drawing on canvas and has developed his own unique color palette. He is currently associated with the Manav Sangrahalaya in Bhopal

Product details

  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Tulika Publishers
  • Language:  Malayalam
  • ISBN-10: 9350466317
  • ISBN-13: 978-9350466315
  • Author: Nina Sabnani
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