’Justin Imam of Virasat Trust, who works with many such artists from Jharkhand, says, “My wife Alka supervised the work, and the event was initiated by Leenika Jacob from Kala Chaupal that promotes arts. Here, we have tried to depict the wilderness of Hazaribagh through birds, animals and other creatures in the painting. For the residents of the World Spa, it is a window into the world of these artists and natural colours.” Jacob, Managing Trustee of The Kala Chaupla Trust, aims to help many others like Putli and Malo. The intention behind this mural was to garner respect India’s cultural heritage. “We should take pride in our own history and the continuity of its existence,” she says. The trust is working with over 360 women from 13 villages and 10 tribal communities.’
In Karanpur Valley of the Vindhyan Hill Chain where the Damodar River flows, is the Sati Range, wherein lie the villages of Ganju and Kurmi. The tribals live there in peace and seclusion and the villagers paint vivid images birds, animals and plant life on the walls of their houses. The Traditional mural painting tradition is done throughout Hazaribagh district. However, the Khovar art is done exclusively in Jorakath, and Kharati village in Barkagaon block in south-west Hazaribagh, While Sohrai art is done in Bhelwara village in Bishungarh block in east Hazaribagh. Stylistically, the women artists in the hills paint animals and birds, While those in the valley paint plants, aquatic life, and birds, etc..Painted Houses of Hazaribagh
Justin Imam of Virasat Trust gave the World Spa resident community a lecture on the sustainable art forms of Khovar and Sohrai and it’s historical significance that traces it’s roots back to a Mesolithic Period. The Hazaribagh region in Jharkhand is a heavily forested plateau with deep river valleys, and exotic forest tribes. This area has been found to have magnificent Mesolithic rock art (10,000 B.C) , that may be directly traced as the distant ancestor of a unique style of wall paintings in the villages of Hazaribagh.
This resulted an engaged discussion that built knowledge and value of the art practice and community adoption.
The community was engaged by the tribal artists- Malo Devi and Putli Devi to understand the non grid form of painting and also to understand the colour extraction techniques the artists undergo.
It is usually drawn with the help of sticks, cloth swabs, fingertips, and broken combs and depicts Pashupati (the creator of animals), flowers, elephants, peacocks, sparrows, squirrels, cows, etc.
The colors used in the paintings are extracted from flowers, leaves, plants, rice, etc, and mixed with Kali Matti (Maganese black), Duddhi Matti/ Charak Matti (white mud), Lal Matti/Geru (red oxide) and Pila Matti (yellow ochre).
It is important that all of us as part of a community come together and contribute for a better
future for us and our environment.