Twelfth Night

Another Shakespearean inspiration – Dance… Shakespeare talks about dance in several plays. Lavolta is a kind of turning French dance, in which the man turns the woman round several times, and then assists her in making a high spring or cabriole.

Twelfth Night

O, stay and hear! Your true love’s coming,
That can sing both high and low.
Trip no further, pretty sweeting.
Journeys end in lovers meeting,
Every wise man’s son doth know.

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Toiling Together

This is a work of fusion – WarliMadhubani designs – farmers in their field working together early in the morning. Sun on the top right corner was requested by Suman 🙂 Tried not to give a face to Sun rendered in Madhubani style as Warli art has no facial features. I made it with poster colors.

Raising stock

Celebrating Love

A colorful Warli wedding as against the classical one… again poster colors on handmade paper…

Marriage... A Celebration of Love!

தஞ்சாவூர் மேளம் கொட்ட, தமிழ்நாடே வாழ்த்துச் சொல்ல,
சிவகாசி வேட்டுச் சத்தம் ஊரைக் கிழிக்கும்…
தென்னாட்டு நெய்யின் வாசம், செட்டிநாட்டு சமையல் வாசம்,
நியூயார்க்கை தாண்டி கூட மூக்கைத் துளைக்கும்…

Tarpa Dance

A classical Warli Art that I’ve been lazily painting since January… The circle of men and women represents the cycle of life. I made it with poster colors on handmade paper.

Warli Painting

A Visit to Warli Village

Warlis are the largest scheduled tribes found along the northern outskirts of Mumbai. Warli paintings unlike other art forms of this subcontinent, depicts social life Warlis. Women folk are the main artists. This art dates back to 10 century C.E. and resembles prehistoric cave paintings closely. They were made on mud walls in white color made out rice and glue with a bamboo stick gnawed at the end to be used as a brush. There were three main symbols: circle – as in sun and moon, triangle – as in mountains and hills, and square as in a field.

I was trying out something when Thamba asked me if they mean anything. The idea is three people (Poppy, Thamba, and I) visit a Warli village to witness the hosts of activities… 🙂 Here is the first attempt with poster colors on a paper…


Picture by: Mouli Ponnupandy (taken with his Treo™ Pro smart phone)