Visit the Bhil Carnival


Authors: Subhash Amaliyar, Gita Wolf, Catriona Maciver, Oliver Mayes

9789383145119 | HB | pp. 24 | 2014 | Tara Books

This is a lovely story about a carnival which the Bhil people of central India celebrate every year. An exciting book featuring a large map and cute stories with art in the Bhil style.

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Neela and Peela are excited about Bhagoria, a wonderful carnival that the Bhil people of central India celebrate every year. An intriguing map that also tells a story, innovative signage that keeps them from losing their way, a series of wondrous sights, including a surprise that pops-out – the children discover these and more as they wind their way through the carnival grounds. Subash Amaliyar, Bhil artist from India, paints the carnival in his traditional style. Collaborating with him are writer Gita Wolf and designers Catriona Maciver and Oliver Mayes – who turn this joyous rendering of celebration into an interactive children’s book.

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About the Authors

Artist Subhash Amaliyar belongs to the Bhil tribe of central India. The Bhil tribal artists paint in their typically colourful, vibrant and joyous style. While the community works hard farming, fishing and gathering firewood, it also loves to have a great time. Subhash paints in his traditional style, and lives and works in Bhopal, Central India.

Gita Wolf started Tara Books as an independent publishing house based in India. An original and creative voice in contemporary Indian publishing, she is known for her interest in exploring and experimenting with the form of the book. She has written over twenty books for children and adults. Several have won major international awards and been translated into multiple languages.

Catriona Maciver is a multidisciplinary designer from Scotland. After graduating in Graphic Design from Central Saint Martin’s College in London, she travelled to India to explore traditional artisanal craft and culture. It was this interest that led her to work for Tara Books in 2013.

Oliver James Mayes is a graphic designer from London. After graduating in graphic design from Central Saint Martins college in London, he travelled to India to explore a new perspective on his ideas and work. Upon his return to London he started to lecture at Central Saint Martins for the Graphic Design course, while also continuing his design practice.


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