petite Bhil woman with blue tattoos adorning
her face and arms is the artist from a village
in Jhabua and is known for her drawings of
the flora and fauna of the region.
She draws nature, rituals and festivals, Bhil
gods and goddesses in the centuries-old Bhil
style which is steeped in ethnic animism and
spirituality. The tribal artist, like many
other ethnic fresco painters of her generation,
is making new statements through her art within
the ambit of traditions.
She switched to paper from the mud walls of
her tribal home 25 years ago at Bharat Bhavan
in Bhopal under the tutelage of Jagdish Swaminathan,
who set up the art centre Roopanker in Bharat
Bhavan in 1981.
Lado Bai works as an artist at the Adivasi
Lok Kala Academy.