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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Painting Everything in the World
by Gita Wolf
Age Range: 6-8
The people from the Rathwa Tribe in Gujarat are planning a huge feast for the Holi festival. There’s going to be mahua to drink and lots of rice, dal and chicken to eat. Once the moon is up there will be music and dancing too. It’s the best Holi celebration the village has had in a long time. But what happens when an important part of the ritual is forgotten?
Pithora murals are not merely decorative: they capture the whole body of myth, belief and ritual of the community, passed down from generation to generation. The villagers believe that creating a particular painting called Pithora – which shows their gods and goddesses, along with all the things in the world – invites good fortune.
Artist Harsingh Hamir has created an oral narrative with the aid of contemporary design while remaining faithful to the concept of Pithora painting. These vivid illustrations bring the story to life and the beautiful unfolding concertina Pithora painting tucked in the centre of the book is stunning.