The 26 paintings of Padma Shri Durgabai Vyam on display at the Tribal Museum


Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): No less than 26 works by the painter Padma Shri Gond Durgabai Vyam are exhibited in the Likhandra Gallery of the MP Tribal Museum.

She painted rural life, wildlife under Mahua tree, woodcutter and goddess worship, frog family, deer and tree, Suva song, villagers carrying wood, horse rider elephant, the cow under the tree, the family of farmers plowing a field. A story of Raja-Rani and the horse Sunela is presented through his works using vibrant yellow-green-blue colors in most of his paintings.

Durga, who hails from Barbaspur village in Dindori district of the state, started her artistic journey in 1996 at an organized group camp in Bharat Bhavan. After that, she actively participated in painting camps, workshops held in almost all small and large cities in India.

Around 20 group Durga photo exhibitions have been held with modern painters in various art galleries across the country. She has also participated in more than 5 international exhibitions including art galleries in Tokyo and France.

She has also worked for several publishers including Tara Prakashan, One-to-Three Illustrated Books, The Night Life of Trees, Pali Big Book published by Eklavya Prakashan, Khichdi and Bhimaina based on the life of Babasaheb Ambedkar published by Navayana.

Durga Bai Vyam portrayed the Narmada origin story, the Gond stories of the Kanya basin and Gharsari Mata at the Tribal Museum. She is also working on “Adiwarta” in Khajuraho and on “Narmada” for Janjaitya Evam Lok Kala Rajya Sangrahalaya under. She has received various awards including Padma Shri in March this year. The exhibition will remain open to visitors until June 30.

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