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Khovar dreamings

Contemporary tribal art in south Bihar, India

Anne Loxley

PHULASO DEVI, Peacock with X-Ray Baby, 1994, hand-cut mud, ochres on paper, 50 x 70 cm; opposite: Putli Ganju seated in front of mural, 1994.

In contrast to the traditions of many of the world's indigenous peoples, the ancient ways of the tribal people of the North Karanpura Valley, near Hazaribag in South Bihar, India, have, to date, flourished. The most visible evidence of this continuation are the Khovar (marriage season) and Sohrai (harvest festival) murals adorning the walls of the mud…

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