the elegance inherited
These paintings are all made using traditional and natural elements, and in the most authentic way possible.
If you know what to look for, you will discover countless stories and messages within the delicate designs, each one more fascinating than the last.
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Sanjay B. Parhad
Sanjay lives in a village that is located in Dahanu, Mumbai and is 3 hours away from Bandra, Mumbai. He creates a paintings that are influenced by the art of Warli and according to Sanjay, this art dates back to 10,000 years ago. Every piece has a story behind it, either an event that happens in one’s family or a story that has changed history. Most importantly, all of his mediums are naturally made with no chemicals and organic materials.
As a child, Sanjay used to accompany his grandmother to weddings and other such events where she would make Warli paintings. Original Warli art consists of telling a story through symbols that each have their own specific meaning. If not used to mark a moment in someone’s life, such as the birth of a child or a marriage. It is displayed on the outside of houses and buildings to notify people of things such as successful harvests. It is made from natural pigments and materials such as clay and rice flour, which is also better for the environment, as no chemicals are put into the paint. Watching his grandmother perform this art, Sanjay knew he wanted to do something similar and when he won a drawing contest in his school he decided to learn and carry on the tradition.
Nowadays he is the leader of one of the only authentic producers of Warli art in all of India, and is fighting to keep the ancient custom alive. His village has seen that through the generations people have started to forget the value and importance that it holds, and today they are working together not only to preserve it but to empower the locals who struggle with poverty and neglection from bigger cities. Hoping to sell their products all over the world, Warli Art Village puts all their passion and devotion into each piece, creating something unique and even customizable for each customer.