Image and Imagination – Bhil Paintings

Research Script: Gautam Chatterjee 
Duration: 27 min, 53 sec

Bhīls, the Ādivāsīs of southern Rajasthan, are known for their creative imagination and interesting belief systems. They live under the splendour of nature, with blue sky and surrounded by mountain ranges. The belief system is Śaivite, and they worship twelve Śivaliṅgas with different names. They have many icons, male as well as female. The most fascinating part of their life is their urge to paint, using natural material for making colours. Their temple walls, their houses and even rocks are adorned with pictures. During festivals, they enact a typical dance drama called Dabri to appease Śiva. Watching them living their lives is a fascinating experience.

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