With a population of around four million, the Gonds are one of the largest tribal groups in
With a population of around four million, the Gonds are one of the largest tribal groups inthe world. They live mainly in Madhya Pradesh and its surrounding states. While the majority of the tribe is dependent on agriculture and daily wages, the community of Patangarh village is an exception. This is the village of legendary Gond artist Jangarh Singh Shyam, where today, every family has at least one artist. What started as traditional Gond art on the mud walls of houses, expanded to different forms of visual art in early 1980s. Famous Gond artists have been exhibited all over the world.
For those travelling to the parks of Madhya Pradesh, Gond art can be seen in many of the safari lodges. Also, at the Rani Durgavati Museum in Jabalpur, old maps of Gond kingdoms, records of their ancestral language, and various artefacts are maintained and exhibited.