Painting Everything in the World – Harsingh Hamir, Gita Wolf



Harsingh Hamir, Gita Wolf

People from the Rathwa tribe in Gujarat create a ritual wall painting as a way of worshipping their gods Pithora and Pithori, depicted as horses. The creation of Pithora paintings is considered a form of worship, to keep away ill-luck and invite good fortune. To paint is to mirror — and honour — all that has been created in the universe. This sophisticated conception of the transformative power of art has been rendered into a deceptively simple children’s tale by Rathwa artist Harsingh Hamir.

Publisher – Tara Books
ISBN – 9789383145485

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Tara Books is an independent publishing house started in 1994 by Gita Wolf. Over the years, she was joined by other creative friends who have helped Tara grow organically and in many directions.

In addition to the office team, 25 artisans presently work at Tara bookmaking workshop. They’re particularly well-known for the screen-printed books made entirely by hand—from the paper to the printing and binding.

An integral part of Tara publishing is a pioneering engagement with the rich diversity of Indian folk and tribal art. Over a period of 20 years, Tara has brought a range of such artists into the book form for the first time.

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