Impressions: Delilah Rodrigues
Warli painting is a tribal art practiced by the tribals from North Sahyadri range in India. Warli paintings reflect rituals and day-to-day activities of villagers. Warli artist Ramesh Lakshman Hengadi living in Bapugoan, Dahanu in Thane has been practicing warli art for the last 15 years.
On meeting the artist at the Baaya Design’s initiative ‘Life & Art of The Warlis’, the artist said, “Warli Tribal paintings play a very important role in the lives of the Warli tribe. The women of the Warli community, paint on their ‘chowks’ during marriages and festivals.
When I was young, I accompanied to paint on these chowks and this helped me in understanding the customs of the tribe.” His exceptional talent won him an award at a very young age. He was also awarded Dhanu Taluka Environmental Protection Samiti’s Indian National Trust. His work has been showcased across India and he has also been a part of an International Artists residency in England in 2007.