Author(s): Gita Wolf
From a fish waiting to be born, to the beginning of art and the necessity of death...lore from the Gond tribal community in central India abounds with stories of origins, transformations and ends. Celebrated Gond artist Bhajju Shyam now gathers together these tales for the first time. By linking the cosmic with the everyday, he expresses the essence of each myth in ten sequential images. This extraordinary visual narrative of cyclical time takes us from the germinal moment to the turnaround point, where death once again transits into renewal.
Bhajju Shyam is hailed as the finest living Gond tribal artist in India. His intricate and colourful work is well known throughout India and abroad, and has been exhibited in the UK, USA Germany, Holland, France, Russia, Italy and Reunion Island. The internationally acclaimed "London Jungle Book "was Bhajju's first book with Tara, and he has subsequently been involved with several seminal projects. From the walls of his tribal village home to international acclaim, Bhajju's has been an incredible creative journey. Also by Bhajju Shyam: "The Night Life of Trees; Signature: Patterns in Gond Art; The London Jungle Book" Beginning with "The Very Hungry Lion" in 1995, Gita Wolf has written over 20 books for children and adults. Several have won major international awards and been translated into multiple languages. One of her latest books -" Do! "- was honoured with the prestigious BolognaRagazzi New Horizons award.