Silent Conservation: Art exhibition illuminates tribal-wildlife bond in India

“Silent Conservation” is the inaugural event in a series planned for different Indian cities and globally.

| Updated: 02 November, 2023 12:50 pm IST
National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and the Sankala Foundation to jointly organise an art Exhibition "Silent Conservation: From Margins to Centre"

NEW DELHI: In an effort to illuminate the profound bond between India’s tiger reserves and tribal communities, the Sankala Foundation, in collaboration with the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), is scheduled to organise an art exhibition, “Silent Conservation: From Margins to Centre’, from November 3rd to 5th, 2023.

The exhibition, which will be held at the Indian Habitat Centre, will see President Droupadi Murmu as the chief guest along with other dignitaries such as the Minister of Tribal affairs, Arjun Munda, Minister of Enviroment, Bhupendra Yadav along with MoS Environment, Ashwini Choubey. NTCA along with Sankala Foundation through this art exhibition is paying a tribute to the successful completion of  50 years of Project Tiger.

The painting is titled “Baghdev.” In this tribal community, the tiger holds a revered status as a deity

The exhibition serves as a cultural bridge, shedding light on the inseparable connection between tribal communities, wildlife, and the forests they call home. Showcasing an array of extraordinary artwork, meticulously crafted by talented tribal artists, this event aims to shift the spotlight from the shadows of obscurity to the heart of our mainstream collective consciousness.

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The exhibition, will immerse visitors in the ancient narratives and deeply rooted relationships between tribal communities and nature. Through the vibrant canvas of art styles such as Gond, Bhil, Patachitra, Khovar, Sohrai, Warli, and more, the essence of coexistence and respect for wildlife resonates in each stroke of the brush.

Moreover, the exhibition promotes eco-conscious living by utilizing sustainable framing materials like jute and bamboo. Beyond showcasing art, it will also champion environmentally sustainable practices, responsible tourism, reduced plastic use, and habitat preservation.

This painting is a fusion of Aipan art with Wildlife. Apian is a traditional and ritualistic folk art with its roots in the Kumaon region of the Indian Himalayas.

“Silent Conservation” is the inaugural event in a series planned for different Indian cities and globally.

With over 700 recognized Scheduled Tribes and 75 Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups in India, this exhibition aims to improve the quality of life for tribal communities across the country.

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