New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday gifted a Gond art painting, a specimen of Sanjhi art form and a wooden hand-carved box to his fellow Quad leaders (Australia, the US and Japan).
“Never has PM Shri @narendramodi ji lost an opportunity to reinforce India’s traditional culture and he does so with thoughtful selection. In Japan, Shri Modi gifted a hand-carved box with Rogan painting from Gujarat’s Kutch to Japan’s PM Fumio Kishida,” tweeted BJP leader and Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav.
Never has PM Shri @narendramodi ji lost an opportunity to reinforce India's traditional culture and he does so with thoughtful selection.
In Japan, Shri Modi gifted a hand-carved box with Rogan painting from Gujarat's Kutch to Japan's PM Fumio Kishida. pic.twitter.com/SkqsCamzm0
— Bhupender Yadav (@byadavbjp) May 24, 2022
The Prime Minister gifted a wooden hand-carved box with Rogan painting to his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida. This art object is a combination of two different arts — Rogan painting and wooden hand carving.
Rogan painting is an art of cloth printing practised in the Kutch district of Gujarat. In this craft, paint made from boiled oil and vegetable dyes is laid down on fabric using either a metal block (printing) or a stylus (painting).
Modi’s gift to US President Joe Biden was an intricate Sanjhi panel based on the theme of Thakurani Ghat from Mathura by a national awardee, sources said.
It may be stated that Sanjhi, the art of hand-cutting designs on paper, is a typical art form of Mathura.
Mr Modi gifted a Madhya Pradesh-origin Gond art painting to newly-elected Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
Gond paintings are one of the most admired tribal art forms. The word’ Gond’ comes from the expression’ Kond’, which means’ green mountain’.
These paintings, created by dots and lines, have been a part of pictorial art on walls and floors of Gonds, and it is done with the construction and re-construction of each and every house with locally available natural colours and materials like charcoal, coloured soil, plant sap, leaves, cow dung and limestone powder.
Gond art is also considered very similar to the aboriginal art of Australia.