Happy Children depicts life at UWCSEA East in the Warli tradition.
This incredible piece of art began at the Family Festival this year under the guidance of Chitralekha Kothapalli. With the help of a very close band of friends, students and parents every brush stroke has culminated in an original artwork that will be displayed at East Campus.
“India has a rich tradition of folk arts the custodians of which are the many tribes that live in the interiors of various states. Warli art is a beautiful folk art of Maharashtra, traditionally created by the tribal women. Tribal groups are the Warli and Malkharkoli tribes found on the northern outskirts of Mumbai, in Western India. This art was first explored in the early 70s from then it was named as 'Warli art.' Tribal people express themselves in vivid styles through paintings which they execute on the walls of their house. This was the only means of transmitting folklore to a populace not acquainted with the written word. Warli paintings were mainly done by the women folk. The most important aspect of the painting is that it does not depict mythological characters or images of deities, but depicts social life. Pictures of human beings and animals, along with scenes from daily life are created in a loose rhythmic pattern. Warli paintings are painted white on mud walls. The paintings are beautifully executed and resemble pre-historic cave paintings and usually depict scenes of human figures engaged in activities like hunting, dancing, sowing and harvesting.
The tribal people are forest-dwellers but have made a gradual transition towards being a pastoral community. They reside in the West coast of Northern Maharastra. A large concentration is found in the Thane district, off Mumbai. They still maintain their indigenous customs and traditions. The growing popularity and commercialisation of the Warli painting has seen the uplift of many tribal groups, and they are increasingly becoming integrated with the mainstream. Their marriage traditions are unique to their culture.”