JANGARH SINGH SHYAM: THE ENCHANTED FOREST

THE ENCHANTED FOREST

01 December 2017

Aurogeeta Das

Jangarh Singh Shyam was a renowned Indian artist from the Gond community in Madhya Pradesh, who had a brief but exceptional career in the 1980s and 1990s. He committed suicide at the age of 39, while at a residency in Niigata, Japan. His pointillist depictions of Adivasi deities and forest creatures produced a visual style that today is practised by many Gond artists, although the community did not have a tradition of painting before Shyam. This book presents Shyam as an artist rather than a folk practitioner, and shows how Gond art has been influenced by his style.

Roli Books, 204 pages, Rs 2,495

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