Mangala Bai Maravi Takes India's Fading Godna Art To Sydney

As part of her residency at the University of Sydney, Mangala Bai Maravi and her artist assistant Amit Arjel-Sharma exhibited two massive Godna paintings at the Biennale of Sydney, Ten Thousand Suns

Mangala Bai Maravi standing alongside her fifteen-foot-long work displayed at the Chau Chak Wing Museum, University of Sydney Photo: University of Sydney

“I began accompanying my mother, Shanti Bai Maravi, a prominent Baiga tattoo artist, from a very young age. It was when I was visiting Bhopal, aged 12, with her that I came across many works of tribal artists in Janjatiya Sangralaya (Tribal Museum) and was inspired to preserve the Godna tattoo tradition that was a part of my heritage,” says Mangala Bai Maravi, who exhibited the tribal tattoo tradition on canvas just last month at the Biennale of Sydney, accompanied and assisted by Amit Arjel-Sharma.