“Three-day annual cultural extravaganza show, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of tribal Koraput, began at the government college ground on Saturday, 25 November 2023. The festival was inaugurated by Jagannath Saraka, minister of tribal welfare. Over 500 artists performed showcasing their art and tribal culture.” stated Times of India,dated 26th November 2023.
Government support for tribal art goes beyond cultural preservation; it can lead to economic empowerment, skill development, and the overall well-being of indigenous communities. By recognizing the value of tribal art and implementing supportive policies, governments can contribute to a more inclusive and culturally rich society.
There are several ways through which government can support tribal art and yield numerous benefits, both for the indigenous communities involved in these artistic traditions and for the broader society.
Tribal art significantly contributes to India’s tourism industry, attracting visitors eager to experience the country’s rich cultural heritage. Tribal art galleries, exhibitions, and museums have emerged, providing a platform for artists to showcase and sell their work.
The growing demand for tribal art has led to the establishment of small-scale industries supporting its production and sale. Local artists specializing in these art forms find opportunities through galleries, exhibitions, and online platforms.
Tribal art has contributed to the growth of India’s handicraft and handloom industry. Many art forms involve sustainable practices and the use of natural materials, providing artisans with sustainable livelihoods.
Rooftop’s ethos is to bring the hidden gems of Indian traditional and tribal art forms to the forefront while creating opportunities for visibility and collaboration for artists. Rooftop’s app and maestro courses connect the tribal and traditional artists with the global audience. This, has in turn brought together a community of art enthusiasts who appreciate and value the Indian traditional art on a broader scale.