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A group of 22 enthusiastic students from a leading school in Bangalore accompanied by 2 committed teachers participated in a Kurumbas art camp held at the Kurumbas village called Vellaricombai.  A group of 5 students  decided to learn the art of natural colour making and attend the camp conducted by our tribal artist and the rest were quick to take on the challenge of trekking further to the rock paintings cave on the opposite hill.

The Art Camp was successfully conducted by our artist and the students learnt to make colours from forest trees and plants.  A very hands on experience and part of One Earth Foundation’s efforts to create awareness about this fascinating yet dying art form.

Leaves gathered to prepare green colour


Preparing the natural colours

Learning Kurumbas art motifs

The majority of students decided to take on the challenge to trek on further till the rock paintings cave on the opposite hill.  It is interesting to note that various student groups  and One Earth Foundation team  have attempted this over 5 times in the past 6 months and failed to reach the destination in 4 of these attempts.  The trek from the road till the village itself is grueling and add to this the 3 kms of steep fall and climb makes it  very challenging   The terrain is steep, rocky  and passing through an elephant corridor.  Here are the pics

The daring team rearing to go

The destination: ca 3000 B.C. rock paintings cave

A valiant attempt

Indeed a valiant attempt by the daring group.  Though they failed to reach their destination, the expedition was great fun and a memorable experience for all those who dared.  It was also a very practical education in team dynamics and many lessons were learnt.
Great job guys!!!  Be back soon and make it to the caves.

KARI is an initiative by One Earth Foundation to create awareness about the dying art form of Kurumbas style of painting, train young Kurumbas children and to provide livelihood opportunities to current and upcoming artists.  For further information, please contact

Tarika Chowdhary