Warli artist Meenakshi Wayade accompanied with her cousin Neelaj Raja has come all her way from Maharashtra to impart training on ancient Warli paintings.
She has began the training under `do and learn' series of Museum Education Programme at Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS), Wellington House from May 18 and the training concludes on May 27.
Compare to men, women are most engaged in the creation of Warli paintings and the created images depicts social life of life-style of tribal people.
Images of human beings, animals, sun, moon, deity are created in the art in a rhythmic pattern and by observing the pattern one can interpret what incident has occurred in their house for example it might be birth, marriage or any other ceremony.
Sharing her experience with Express 42-year-old Meenakshi said `Warli painting is a tribal and ancient painting which were created on the mud walls from my forefathers period and for every occasion different types of painting is created.
`We use rice paste to draw the Warli painting and the specialty of the painting is we rarely draw straight line and even though if we want to draw line we use dots and dashes to create it,' she added.
Meenakshi says `I feel good to come and teach here, even in this modern world most of the Mysoreans are interested in learning Warli Paintings. Meantime I have a sense of satisfaction by imparting our culture apart from obtaining harmonium.
Who can learn this art? `Any one who has creative mind and artistic flair can draw good warli paintings. It does not need any specialised knwledge to create this art,' she adds.
How can it be created? `First create the required pattern on tracing paper and later copy the design into the cloth and sketch the outline with white colour sketch pen and later fill the patterns with white colour created out of rice paste.'
Speaking to Express, Rekha of Yadavagiri who is undergoing training said `It's very easy to learn. By learning this art I came to know something about the tribal culture, their customs, traditions and life-style. This type of programmes also helps to keep Indian culture and tradition alive.