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The many mutinies of the tribal art and journeys thereafter

If one analyses the trajectories and stories of artists, some aspects begin to stand out; insights that otherwise elude us if we are not alert to nuances. There are common elements to the professional journeys of the forebearer of Gond Art form, Jangadh Sinh Shyam from Patangadh, Mandla, Kalipad Kumbhar from Bankura, West Bengal, who brought to fame the ‘bonga hathi,’ Odisha’s scroll painter or “pat chitrakar” Prahlad Mohrana who innovated “tapoi,” Sona Bai, or Neelmani.