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Warli Art

  • 09 Nov 2020
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Artists in Hyderabad are using traditional Warli art (Maharashtra) form not just to beautify Hyderabad, but also to create awareness on important issues.

Key Points

  • Warli is a traditional art form of Maharashtra.
  • Its roots can be traced to as early as the 10th century A.D.
  • These paintings are distinctive with their vivid contrast expressions.
  • These paintings are mainly dominated by basic geometric shapes like circles, triangles and squares.
  • These geometric shapes stand as a symbol of natural elements in our environment.
  • For example, the circles represent the sun and moon, the triangles represent the mountains and the squares are considered as the central motifs of the painting.
  • People and animals are represented by two inverted triangles joined together, where the upper triangle is the torso and the lower triangle is the pelvis.
  • The central theme of the paintings are scenes portraying huntin, fishing, farming, festival and dances, trees and animals are used to surround the central theme.
  • Warli art form is being used by many artists to beautify cities and spread awareness through wall paintings.
  • It is also being used to beautify bags, bed sheets and many other items.
  • Warli is the vivid expression of daily and social events of the Warli tribe of Maharashtra, used by them to embellish the walls of village houses.

Warli Tribe

  • They are an indigenous tribe or Adivasis, living in the Mountainous as well as coastal areas of Maharashtra-Gujarat border and surrounding areas.
  • They speak an unwritten Varli language which belongs to the southern zone of the Indo-Aryan languages.


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