Beauty in Unexpected Places

Sohrai Artwork in Sanskriti, Hazaribagh, India.  Click  on the image for larger picture.

Sohrai Artwork in Sanskriti, Hazaribagh, India.
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The desire to decorate ones home is an old one. We feel inspired to surround ourselves with beauty, and the beauty in turn inspires us.

One such example are the Sohrai of  Sanskriti in Hazaribagh, India. The design of their modest but well built mud huts hasn’t changed much in centuries. The adobe homes are perfectly suited to the hot environment and keep the occupants cool and comfortable. And in addition the adobe provides a marvelous canvas. These homes are painted with a delightful array of scenes from the owners environment. Animals, flowers, trees, simple and timeless geometric shapes adorn these huts and delight the heart. The designs are refreshed and updated every year.

An ardent conservationist, Mr. Bulu Imam works tirelessly on his quest to preserve the ancient ways of the tribes in his region. He has been traveling, photographing, exhibiting and writing ever so eloquently about the challenges faced by these tribes whose ancient, eco-friendly, and efficient way of life is increasingly challenged by the the encroaching modernization which has crept even into India’s smallest hamlets in some form or the other.

The following photos are of artwork done by various Indian tribal communities on their homes, among them Sohrai and Khovar. If you’d like to learn more about these incredible pieces of art, how and why, and when they are created, I would encourage you to leave me a message which I’ll forward to Bulu. He can then decide the most effective way to get in touch with you.

Sohrai Artwork in Sanskriti Hazaribagh, India. Click on Image for larger picture.

Sohrai Artwork in Sanskriti Hazaribagh, India. Click on Image for larger picture.

Bulu Imam. Adventurer, dreamer, philosopher, academic, conservationist, family man and friend.

Bulu Imam. Adventurer, artists, author, poet, dreamer, philosopher, academic, conservationist, family man and friend. In short, a Renaissance man.

These are Birhor children in front of a Kumba, a traditional hut built by these  jungle dwelling people.  These children are far from malnutritioned like the urchins of our city slums. Their larder is the forest gardens which food and medicine provide, shelter and firewood, and the means to sustain the body and the mind in the way of India's noble ancient traditions.

These are Birhor children in front of a Kumba, a traditional hut built by these jungle dwelling people. These children are far from malnutritioned like the urchins of our city slums. Their larder is the forest gardens which food and medicine provide, shelter and firewood, and the means to sustain the body and the mind in the way of India’s noble ancient traditions.

Sohrai Artwork in Sanskriti, Hazaribagh, India.  Click  on the image for larger picture.

Sohrai Artwork in Sanskriti, Hazaribagh, India.
Click on the image for larger picture.

Sohrai Artwork in Sanskriti, Hazaribagh, India.  Click  on the image for larger picture.

Sohrai Artwork in Sanskriti, Hazaribagh, India.
Click on the image for larger picture.

Sohrai Artwork in Sanskriti, Hazaribagh, India. Artist with her artwork.  Click  on the image for larger picture.

Sohrai Artwork in Sanskriti, Hazaribagh, India. Artist with her artwork.
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Sohrai Artwork in Sanskriti, Hazaribagh, India.  Click  on the image for larger picture.

Sohrai Artwork in Sanskriti, Hazaribagh, India.
Click on the image for larger picture.

Sohrai Artwork in Sanskriti, Hazaribagh, India.  Click  on the image for larger picture.

Sohrai Artwork in Sanskriti, Hazaribagh, India.
Click on the image for larger picture.

Bulu Imam poses in front of a decorated hut.

Bulu Imam poses in front of a decorated hut.

6 responses to “Beauty in Unexpected Places

  1. Thank you Rebecca for entering the pictures and the text in your blog. With love from Bulu and family and all our artists in Jharkhand, INDIA

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