The word Warli is derived from warla, meaning “piece of land” or “field”.
There are no records of the exact origins of this art, its roots may be traced to as early as the 10th century AD. Warli is the vivid expression of daily and social events of the Warli tribe of Maharashtra, used by them to decorate the walls of village houses. This art was eventually discoverd in 70’s and became popular for its unique simplicity and fervor of life.
This art form is simple in comparison to the vibrant paintings of Madhubani.
The Warli Painting
Women are mainly engaged in the creation of these paintings. These paintings do not depict mythological characters or images of deities, but depict social life. Images of human beings and animals, along with scenes from daily life are created in a loose rhythmic pattern. The Warlis use extremely basic shape like circle, triangle and a square. The paintings are traditionally done in the homes of the Warlis. Painted white on mud walls, they are pretty close to pre-historic cave paintings in execution and usually depict scenes of human figures engaged in activities like hunting, dancing, sowing and harvesting.
These themes are highly repetitive and symbolic. Many of the Warli paintings that represent Palghat, the marriage god, often include a horse used by the bride and groom. The painting is sacred and without it, the marriage cannot take place. These paintings also serve social and religious aspirations of the local people. It is believed that these paintings invoke powers of the Gods. In Warli paintings it is rare to see a straight line. A series of dots and dashes make one line. The artists have recently started to draw straight lines in their paintings.
Today, small paintings are done on cloth and paper but they look best on the walls or in the form of huge murals that bring out the vast and magical world of the Warlis.
The subject of these paintings are their day to day activities which they try to depict in art. The slideshow of the art work presented is a dance that done in circular motion.I have found a youtube video of the same. Please enjoy the art work as well as the music and dance.
ommmmmmmmm to all the warli people.