Dhokra artists Meera Mukherjee and Jaidev Baghel showcased in Bengaluru by Outside In

Exploring the Magic of Dhokra Art at Outside In, MAP

Just outside the Museum of Art and Photography (MAP), a group of students engages in lively conversation about the dhokra art pieces scattered around their homes. Initially dismissed as mere showpieces, a short film titled Breaking the Mould transforms the perception of these intricate artifacts on display.

Unveiling the Beauty of Dhokra Craftsmanship

Originating from Bastar and Raigarh in Chhattisgarh, dhokra is a traditional art form crafted using the lost wax technique with bell metal. However, the film Breaking the Mould sheds light on the meticulous process behind creating these exquisite pieces, offering a newfound appreciation for the intricate details in everyday objects like winnow grains and majestic headdresses.

Pioneers of Dhokra Art: Meera Mukherjee and Jaidev Baghel

Meera Mukherjee and Jaidev Baghel stand as prominent figures in the world of Bastar dhokra art, elevating the craft from obscurity to global recognition. Their collaborative efforts have not only preserved the legacy of dhokra craftsmen but also propelled the art form into the limelight.

Celebrating Tradition at Outside In

The exhibition Outside In pays homage to Meera Mukherjee and Jaidev Baghel’s legacy, featuring 26 sculptures and six kantha works from the MAP Collection. The showcase also includes a publication with striking visuals by Valentina Abenavoli, Philippe Calia, and Jaisingh Nageshwaran, aptly named Outside In.

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Documenting Tradition through Film and Art

The documentary Breaking the Mould, featuring Jaidev’s son Bhupendra Baghel, delves into the traditional dhokra craftsmanship and the evolution towards contemporary designs. This collaborative effort between museums and artists aims to educate and create awareness about this ancient art form.

Embracing Innovation and Tradition

At Outside In, visitors are treated to a diverse collection of dhokra pieces, including modern interpretations like “Queuing Before the Passport Office” and “The Thinker.” This fusion of innovation and tradition not only honors the past masters of the craft but also paves the way for future craftsmen.

Immerse Yourself in the World of Dhokra Art

The exhibition Outside In, featuring works by Meera Mukherjee and Jaidev Baghel, will captivate art enthusiasts at MAP until October 20, 2024. Experience the magic of dhokra art and witness the timeless beauty crafted by skilled artisans.

By celebrating the rich heritage of dhokra art, Outside In offers a glimpse into the past while embracing contemporary interpretations, bridging the gap between tradition and innovation in the art world.