PAINTINGS OF INDIA -WARLI PAINTINGS
The Warli Painting is mostly done by the Indian indigenous people, who live in Dahanu and Talasari talukas of the Thane district, parts of Nashik and Dhule (Maharashtra), Valsad (Gujarat). They have their own beliefs and their traditions, as well as customs. The Warlis speak an unwritten Warli language which belong to the southern Part of the Sanskrit, Marathi and Gujarati word Language.
The word Warli is derived from the word “warla”, which means ‘piece of land’ or ‘field’. The Warlis people speak an unwritten Warli language which belong to the southern zone of the Indo-Aryan language, and other languages like Sanskrit, Marathi and Gujarati also.
The wall paintings are done only for special occasions such as weddings. The lack of regular artistic activity explains the very crude style of their paintings, which were the preserve of the womenfolk until the late 1970s. But in the 1970s this ritual art took a radical turn, when Jivya Soma Mashe started to paint, not for any special ritual, but because of his artistic pursuits.