The Night Life of Trees


Authors: Bhajju Shyam, Durga Bai, Ramsingh Urveti

9788186211922 | HB | pp. 44 | 2006 | Tara Books

The Night Life of Trees is filled with intricately drawn visions of trees showcasing the art and folklore of the Gond tribe.

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The Night Life of Trees is an exquisite silkscreen-printed art book of tree lore from the Gond tribe in central India. Trees are central to the Gond tribal imagination: in addition to the stories that surround them, trees are important in a lived, everyday sense. There is a Gond belief that trees are busy during the day, giving shade and food to humans and animals. It is only during the night that their real spirit emerges. A collection of work by three of the finest living artists of the Gond tribe – traditionally a community of forest dwellers from central India – this quintessential Tara title has gone into several editions and in different languages.

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About the Authors

Bhajju Shyam, author of the highly successful The London Jungle Book is one of the best known artist of the tribe, marked out by his careful and intense canvases. His work is travelling increasingly widely and has been exhibited at major venues in India and Europe.

Durga Bai is a young women artist who constantly re-works and pushes the borders of the Gond art form to create work that sparkles with a distinctive energy.

Ram Singh Urveti is a quiet and brilliant artist, respected for his fine technique and sophistication, His work creates a world of fantasy and metamorphosis, coming alive with finely detailed organic forms.


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