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
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