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#instaart: Sohrai Paintings on Insta!

It might be called ‘The Gram’, but it’s worth a TON of exposure. Instagram has always been all about visual impact, and it’s where you find some of the finest artists in the world today, from the heavyweights to the hidden talent. Abir Pothi embarks on a series that will highlight the best of Instagram artists we manage to discover — those whose artistry you could take an ‘Insta-nt’ liking to!


This insta page has everything related to Jharkhand. The good news is that it includes Sohrai painting. Take a look at this lovely picture!


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Gunjan is from Ranchi, Jharkhand and has mastered Sohrai art. Here is one of her works that we found absolutely interesting.


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This Insta page is a delight to look at. It is not just about the visual appeal of the art but also very informative. Here’s is what the captions says, “The mythology and art techniques: 

They commemorate the day that Marang Bhuti (god of mountains) and Jaher Ayo (goddess of the forest) along with their elder sister descended from heaven on their land to meet their brother. 

Sohrai Art invokes good luck and good fortune celebrated during the Khovar festival for 5 days, Oct-Nov by performing animal sacrifice, dancing, feasting, drinking their home brewed rice beer all to appease their gods and in invocation for their gods. 

Artists draw inspirations form memory of their interactions with forests and nature, on a single canvas which could stretch from 12X18 feet where natural Ochre color make the palette. Dhudhi mitti-White Clay, 

Laal Mitti-Red Clay, kaali mitti- manganese black and Peeli Mitti- Yellow Ochre all collected as clumps/powder mixed with water/glue. 

Drawn with Red Line: blood of ancestors, Black line: Eternal black stone- mark of God Shiva, The Outer Line: Traditional values of protection and chastity and White gruel painted with previous years rice powder mixed with milk which represents food and health where daughters, mothers and daughters in laws make this art like murals on their walls.”


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Another set of masterpieces done using the techniques of Sohrai art! They are truly a sight to see.


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This Insta page is about all things Jharkhand. It documents its culture and heritage. An integral part of Jharkhand is the Sohrai art form. Take a look at this!


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