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Warli Painting

Topics Covered: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

Warli Painting:


With a view to promote Indian folk art, National Fertilizers Limited (NFL) a PSU under the Department of Fertilizers has displayed Maharashtra’s famous Warli painting on the outer walls of its Corporate Office in Noida.

Who are Warlis?

The Warlis or Varlis are an indigenous tribe or Adivasis, living in Mountainous as well as coastal areas of Maharashtra-Gujarat border and surrounding areas.

  • They speak an unwritten Varli language which belong to the southern zone of the Indo-Aryan languages.

Warli Paintings:

  • Maharashtra is known for its Warli folk paintings.
  • Its roots may be traced to as early as the 10th century A.D.
  • They bear a resemblance to those created in the Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka.
  • Scenes portraying hunting, fishing and farming, festivals and dances, trees and animals are used to surround the central theme of the painting.
  • Women are mainly engaged in the creation of these paintings.

Unique features:

A very basic graphic vocabulary like a circle, a triangle and a square are used in these rudimentary wall paintings which are monosyllabic in nature.



Prelims Link:

  1. Themes of Warli Paintings.
  2. About Warli tribe.
  3. About Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka.
  4. About Pattachitra.
  5. Madhubani paintings- key features.

Sources: pib.