A Zebra at Assi Ghat: A Mural in Varanasiby Sana Sabah
We have been conducting regular art workshops at Bhadaini Primary School in Varanasi for two years now, but this was the first time that the students worked with paints and brushes. Seeing their confidence it is hard to tell that this was their very first mural. The students enjoyed painting under the guidance of Ajay, Neelam, and Karishma.
Sohrai: The Traditional Harvest art of Jharkhandby Neha VashisthaThe Sohrai art painted on the mud wall is a matriarchal tradition handed down from mother to daughter. Usually either monochromatic or colorful, these paintings are done totally by using natural pigments mixed in the mud. The people coat the wall with a layer of white mud, and while the white layer is still wet, they draw with their fingertips or with broken pieces of combs or with chewed saal wood tooth-sticks (datwan). The Sohrai art celebrates fertility in the harvest where the walls are painted with animal motifs.