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A Bhil Story/Bheelin Kathai (Tamil)

Author : Nina Sabnani
Illustrator : Sher Singh Bhil

There isn't a drop of water in the village. The desperate people set off to find a badwa who can ask the gods to send rain. And what does he tell them to do? Go home and paint! An origin story about Bhil art with stunning illustrations in the traditional pithora style.

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Age 5+
Specifications 32 pages; 8.5" X 9.5"; Full colour; soft cover
Translator D. Asaithambi
ISBN 978-93-5046-630-8

Kuk.. Kuk.. The poor rooster can't KUKAROOKOO because his throat is so parched. There is not a drop of water left in the village pond. The only hope is to find a badwa who can ask the gods to send rain. What does the badwa tell them to do? Go home and paint! The adventure-filled origin myth about Bhil art revolves around the thirst for rain and water conservation – important for the people living in the dry western and central parts of India. Their close interaction with the natural world finds an abiding expression in their art, called pithora. Painting is like prayer for the Bhils, and each dot in the vibrant and colourful patterns represents an ancestor whom they invoke for the well-being of all forms of life. A Bhil Story was developed during a workshop at the Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay, supported by the Tata Centre for Technology and Design after which Nina and her team travelled with Sher Singh to his village. They recorded the story in the voices of the villagers for an animated film called Ek Bhil Ni Varta, from which the book evolved. The entire collaboration has created a stunning picture book that is humorous and dramatic.

Beautifully composed

combines humour with lots of action. It reads as simple enough, yet I discovered layers to it over several readings. The story’s message for water conservation is obvious; it also emphasizes the importance of learning from nature – birds, snakes and turtles are critical characters in the book, leading the villagers towards water and ways to hold onto it. No creature is too small or insignificant - brave rooster grows, through the course of the story, from a timid and fearful bird into a community hero, offering his life for the greater good. I was also struck by the story’s quiet stance against blind faith – the imposter talks of rituals and appeasing gods for their favour; the real badwa silently shows the villagers how to take control of their own lives and environment. Saffron Tree

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A Bhil Story/Bheelin Kathai (Tamil)

A Bhil Story/Bheelin Kathai (Tamil)

There isn't a drop of water in the village. The desperate people set off to find a badwa who can ask the gods to send rain. And what does he tell them to do? Go home and paint! An origin story about Bhil art with stunning illustrations in the traditional pithora style.

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