Warli Painting: A 1,000-meter-long Warli painting for Ayodhya | Surat News

Warli Painting: A 1,000-meter-long Warli painting for Ayodhya | Surat News


SURAT: Over 6,200 tribal students and 150 artists collaborated to create a breathtaking 1,000-metre-long Warli painting at Bhesdara village of Valsad on Sunday. This magnificent artwork vividly depicts various stages of the Ramayana, spanning from the birth of Shri Ram to the inauguration of the Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra in Ayodhya. The entire creation took over eight hours — from 9:30am to 6pm.
It was mesmerising, as one side of a narrow road surrounded by green cover in the village transformed into a canvas adorned with the cultural richness of the Warli art. The canvas, a white cotton cloth, stood upright on sturdy poles, stretching along the road. The event was organised by A D Soni Foundation (ADSF) of Surat, receiving support from various artists and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).
This initiative showcased the artistic prowess of the tribal students and the participating artists. The use of natural colour Geru on cotton cloth further accentuated the artwork.
“Our foundation works for school students to help them excel in the field of art and sport. We too wanted to join the celebration of the inauguration of Shri Ram Temple and art is a medium,” said Disha Joshi, founder of ADSF.
The participants were from 20 schools of tribal areas in Valsad and nearby colleges. At the launch of the event, Surat police commissioner Ajay Tomar and Valsad superintendent of police Karanraj Vaghela were present.
“We initially planned to make various paintings on Ramayana but to make it a big event, we decided to develop a big painting. We focused on the Warli art form which is the identity of tribals. We felicitated 15 kar sevaks at the event,” she added.
Along with pictures, verses (chopai) were written to describe the story. The painting will be gifted to a museum in Ayodhya for display.
“It is a lifetime experience. I first painted pictures describing Shatrughna’s birth. As I finished early, I was later assigned the section of paintings on Sanjivani Buti,” said Nayna Mewada, an artist from Ahmedabad.
“I came to know about the event through a friend and reached there a day before. We planned various drawings based on chopai on paper first and then painted on the canvas. Contribution of school students was amazing as they painted after we prepared the drawing,” said city-based artist Kavita Soni.


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