Bhil Art

The Bhils are a large tribal community residing in central India (Madhya Pradesh). They can trace their ancestry to Eklavya and Valmiki, who, they say, was actually from their community. These paintings were traditionally painted on the walls of their huts and the themes were centred on Mother Nature. They use a pattern of dots to fill in their paintings and are surprisingly similar to Australian Aboriginal art. Everything connected with the Bhil life is painted- the Sun, The Moon, insects, birds, fields, trees, mythological figures and their Gods.