RAJWAR SCULPTURE

ATMA DAS MANIKPURI
Born 1972, Udaipur, Chhattisgarh, India

BHAGAT RAM RAJAWAR
Born 1971, Puhputra, Chhattisgarh, India

DAROGA RAM
Born 1953 Puhputra, Chhattisgarh, India

ROOKMANI BAI
Born 1980, Udaipur, Chhattisgarh, India

PARBATIBAI SARTHI
Born 1955, Rakhara, Chhattisgarh, India
Live and work in Surguja District, Chhattisgarh

The remote village of Puhputra in Chhattisgarh is now renowned for a small group of artists who have developed a remarkable and unique sculptural tradition to adorn their surroundings. Developing from a post-harvest festival tradition of decorating newly white-washed and repaired houses, the art form was singlehandedly transformed by artist Sonabai (c.1930–2007), leaving a lasting legacy to her community (her work appeared in APT3 in 1999). Her only son and the longest living practitioner of the tradition, Daroga Ram, along with Bhagat Ram (a distant cousin of Sonabai's son) and Atma Das with his wife Rookmani Bai have collaborated to create a range of architectural, sculptural and figurative forms. Along with Parbatibai, a self-taught artist whose figures are inspired by visiting Sonabai's house, they are some of the few practicing proponents of the tradition.

KALPA VRIKSHA: Contemporary Indigenous and Vernacular Art of India

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