Warli Art, Maharashtra: The white ‘stick figure’ paintings on books, mugs, home décor items, garments, and as interior accents are easily recognisable. The eponymous Adivasi tribe, mainly residing in the Dahanu and Thane districts of the state, is the harbinger of this minimalistic yet elaborate painting art form. The contrast of the white pigment – a mixture of rice paste, water and gum – against the brown-red backdrop – walls of the house made of a mixture of branches, mud and cow dung – of a Warli painting is stark and beautiful. The diurnal tribal way of life – women carrying waterpots, children playing, men with their carts, cattle and so on – is the sole subject of these paintings. Today, as the art finds space in the commercial market, the designs have evolved to include landscapes and flora and fauna, and the white is often replaced with a vibrant palette.
Dhokra Art, Chhatisgarh: With a legacy of over 4,000 years, the Dhokra is probably the oldest art of metal casting which uses the lost-wax casting technique. The Dhokras of Bastar district of Chhatisgarh have long been creating everything from horses and elephants, to religious idols, measuring bowls, and lamp caskets using the hollow casting method. A combination of art and craft, this tribal folk form has paved it way into homes and art galleries, and curios stores. A group from the Bastar community often conducts workshops around the country to propagate the art. Chiffon Cake, Nyonya Kuehs such as Kueh Dar dar and AngKu Kueh. The latter is a red tortoise shaped cake made with peanuts to traditionally announce the birth of baby girls! Another quaint cafe Open Door Policy serves dishes like Wagyu Rump, Beef Cheeks and Truffle Scrambled Eggs and PS Cafe Petit has some mouth-watering Sticky Date Pudding and some lovely ice cream too.
Kangra Painting, Himachal Pradesh: In the highlands of Himachal Pradesh, the pictorial art of Kangra originated in Guler. Also known as Pahari painting, this art form reached its zenith during the reign of Rajputs in this former princely state. The love story of Lord Krishna and Radha, narratives from the epic Bhagvat Gita, nocturnal scenes, and love poems were the often-explored subjects of the paintings. The Kangra paintings stand out for their verdant landscapes and rich colours made of vegetable extracts, and beautiful human figures.