Thursday, 18 September 2014

The Home Site of Bulu Imam

Bulu Imam wears many caps. First of all he is an activist for the protection of the environment and promotion of tribal culture and heritage. He is a self trained researcher and now a respected authority in many fields related to archaeology, tribal art, vernacular folklore and history, as well as an author with significant publications. He has taken part in scores of important international symposiums related to rockart, vernacular artforms, and the natural environment in which his papers have been published in the proceedings of the conferences. He was earlier involved in journalistic work to promote his passion for culture which evolved into serious research writings which have been published in some of the best academic and other research journals. His recent published books include Tribal Art and Culture of Jharkhand, Antiquarian Remains of Jharkhand (Aryan Books International & INTACH), The Nomadic Birhors of Hazaribagh (Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany). He lives in the Sanskriti Centre in Hazaribagh which he created in 1993 along with the museum of tribal art and culture and the Tribal Women Artists Cooperative. An artist and poet by temperament he still works  in these disciplines at the age of 72. His lives with his family at the Sankriti Centre from where he coordinates a wide variety of work internationally in the field of exhibiting tribal art and culture. He has since 1987 been the Convener of the Hazaribagh Chapter of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH). In 2012 he received the Gandhi International Peace Award in the House of Lords.

Sanskriti, Hazaribagh
Jharkhand, INDIA

Monday, 8 September 2014

Photo Gallery

Bulu Imam, Tarshito, Erwin Neumayer, and Philomina painting in Vicino Lantano Festiva, Udine, May 2008

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Tribal Women Artists Cooperative (TWAC)

Tribal Women Artists Cooperative, Sanskriti, Hazaribagh
The TWAC was formed in l993 from a project for creating tribal art funded by the Australian High Commission, New Delhi. This cooperative was founded and is directed by Bulu Imam, the environmentalist, who also happens to be the Regional Convener of the Hazaribagh chapter of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH). The raison d’etre for the founding of the cooperative was 1. To highlight illegal opencast coal mining and destruction of forests vital to the tribals as well as tigers and elephants using them as corridors, 2. For highlighting the prehistoric rockart of the region which is a continuing tradition in the art of the tribal people of the North Karanpura valley threatened since l987 by the opencast coal mining by the Central Coalfields Limited through the North Karanpura Coalfields Project which will destroy l800 sq. kilometers of forest and tribal lands and displace 203 tribal villages, and 3. To bring to the tribal women of the region a sense of strength in their identity and as a means of economic support in facing both official harassment in face of the mining project destabilizing their lives and the traditional contempt for these women in Indian society at large.  All moneys received through sale of artworks are divided into three accounts, A. The Sanskriti Welfare Fund for tribal women, B. The Sanskriti Employment Fund through which a third of all earnings goes directly to the artist, and C. Sanskriti Centre Maintenance fund. About fifty tribal women benefit from this unique self-support project which is being coordinated by Bulu Imam under the auspices of the INTACH, Hazaribagh Chapter.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

MAYUR Newsletter, INTACH Hazaribagh Chapter

The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) is a NGO that seeks to make strategic and timely intervention in order to conserve and promote India’s natural and cultural heritage. INTACH is a nation wide network of volunteers who spread awareness about heritage, preserve acts likely to degrade their regions cultural and natural wealth and act positively to preserve and enhance local heritage. INTACH today is the nation’s foremost and largest NGO working in the field of culture.
The Tribal Women Artists Cooperative is an association of mine displaced women who have been protesting against the coal mining in North Karanpura and who in 1995 formed themselves into a group under the aegis of INTACH to give publicity through exhibitions of their art in India and abroad of their situation due to the mining and the rich cultural heritage of their art which is a continuation of the mesolithic rockart of the region threatened by coal mining

PHOTO GALLERY- Sanskriti Centre, Hazaribagh

Copyright © Sanskriti, Hazaribagh

Exhibitions and Mural Painting Projects of TWAC

Hazaribagh Tribal Art Exhibition, State Museum Pigorini, Rome, 2011

List of International Khovar and Sohrai Exhibitions
Organized by the Tribal Women Artists Cooperative (TWAC)

Hogarth Gallery,                                                                                  Paddington, Sydney                           1995
National Gallery Of Australia Vision of Kings(shoppe)                Canberra ,Jan.                                     1996
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre                                                      Casula, Sydney  , May-June,            1996
Footscray Community Centre                                                           Melbourne, Novem-Decem.             1996
Morree Plains Gallery                                                                         Morree, NSW , February                    1997
Freemantle Arts Centre                                                                      Perth, Western Australia, March       1997
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre                                                      Casula, Sydney,July-Aug,                 1997
Bathurst Art Gallery                                                                             Bathurst, NSW, Mar-May,                   1998
Tamworth Art Centre                                                                          Tamworth, NSW, Dec-Feb                 1998
Gallery 482                                                                                           Brisbane, Qld., Feb-April                    1998
Nexus Gallery                                                                                      Adelaide, SA, Jun-July,                      1998
Hogarth Gallery                                                                                   Paddington, Sydney Aug-Sept.        1998
Djamu Gallery, Customs House (Australian Museum)               Circular Quay, Sydney, March-June 2000
Rebecca Hossack Gallery                                                                 London, May-June,                             2000
Victoria Crafts Council                                                                       Melbourne, April May                         2001
Bellevue Gallery                                                                                  Berlin, August                                       2001
Therese Dion Gallery of Contemp. Art                                            Montreal, Canada, Sept.                    2001
Eppelheim Gallery                                                                               Germany, March-April                       2002
Kassel Gallery                                                                                      Germany, July-August                        2002
Stuttgart Gallery                                                                                   Germany, October                               2002
Boras Kunst Museum                                                                         Boras, Sweden, September              2003
Heinrich Böll Foundation                                                                   Berlin, September                               2003
Volkerkunde Museum                                                                        Heidelberg, Sept.-Oct                         2003
Catholic Information Centre                                                              Ludwigsberg, Feb.-March                  2004
State Museum of Ethnography (Volkerkunde)                              Dresden, May-Sept.                            2004
Mandat International                                                                           Geneva, July                                        2004
Indian Embassy                                                                                   Berlin,  December                               2005
Tarshito Studio                                                                                     Rome, July                                            2006
Bari Studio                                                                                            Milan, October                                      2006
Wirtschaftswetter (Online Exhibition)                               Germany, 1st April- 30th June       2007
Eppelheim                                                                                            Germany, June                                    2007
Bonn                                                                                                      Germany, March                                  2008
Girasole Galley                                                                                    Udine, May                                           2008
Museum Pigorini                                                                                 Rome, May-Sept.                                 2008
Norden                                                                                                  Northern Germany, July                     2008
Emden                                                                                                   Northern Germany, Aug.                   2008
Tarshito Exhibition                                                         Milan, March                             2009
Nehru Centre                                                                 London, April                            2009
Aachen, MISEREOR Centre                                           Germany, April                         2009
Two Exhibition in Hanover,                                             Germany, May-June,                2010
Exhibition in Friebourg,                                                  Germany, April-May,                 2010
Catholic Youth Organization, Linz                                   Austria, March,                         2011
FIAN Office, Bad Honeff           (Bonn)                           Germani, March,                       2011
Brunei Gallery, SOAS                                                    London, 13th March- 25th June   2011
Italian Institute for Africa and the Orient (ISIAO)               Rome, Italy19th April- 28th April,2011
Milan Exhibition                                                             Milan, Italy, April,                     2011
Espace ENCAN, Arts Atlantic Festival                            La Rochelle, France, Nov.,       2011
Rietberg Museum,                                                         Zurich, Switzerland, Aug.-Sept.  2012
Exhibition of Khovar & Sohrai art in the Arts Atlantic Festival, La Rochelle, France, Nov.,  2013
Exhibitions in India

Gallery Chemould                                                                               Bombay, July                                       1995
Sakshi Gallery                                                                                      Bangalore, Sept-Oct,                          1996
India International Centre                                                                  New Delhi, Aug.                                   1998
Gallery Chemould                                                                               Calcutta, April,                                      1999
Gallery Chemould                                                                               Bombay, July-Aug,                              1999
Paramparik Karigar (National Gallery of Modern Art)                  Bombay, December                            1999
Cymroza Gallery                                                                                 Bombay, March,                                  2000
Cymroza Gallery                                                                                 Bombay, August                                  2002
Max Muller Bhavan                                                                             Delhi, August                                        2002
Madras Crafts Council                                                                       Madras                                                  2003
Merkha Lutyens                                                                                   New Delhi, March                               2007
Artisana, Crafts Council of West Bengal                                        Calcutta, February                               2009       

Major Collections
Australian Museum, Sydney
Casula Art Centre, Casula, Sydney
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
Flinders Museum Collection, Adelaide   
Dietmar Rothermund Collection, Heidelberg
Volkerkunde Museum, Heidelberg
Museum of South Australia, Adelaide
Museum of West Australia, Perth
Museum of North Australia, Darwin
Museum of Northeast Australia, Cairns
(Late) Soli P.Godrej Collection, Bombay
Kekoo & Khorshed Gandhy collection, Bombay
Daniela Bezzi Collection, Milan 
Tarshito Studio, Rome (14 - 8’x8’ feet Cloth Paintings)
Marcus Leatherdale Collection, New York
Michel Sabatier Collection, La Rochelle, France
INTACH Collection, New Delhi
Museum of Man Collection, Montreal
South Delhi Polytechnic, New Delhi
Museum Rietberg, Zurich,Switzerland (Search: 1. Philomena Tirkey, 2. Putli Ganju)
Espace de Congress, La Rochelle, France
Volkerkunde Museum, Heidelberg
S.P.Godrej Collection, Bombay
British Museum, London
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge

Photo Archive

The Painted Houses and the Women Artists of Hazaribagh

A Kurmi Sohrai house in Bhelwara village