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Tribal Art Camps initiated in Burliar Region of Nilgiris

Posted by Raminder Chowdhary April - 18 - 2012 0 Comment


Young Kurumbas artists

The Burliar hills (ranging from 2500 ft till 3500 ft above MSL) en-route from Mettupalayam to Coonoor is home to about 5% of the total Kurumbas tribal population.   ASs you are aware, the Kurumbas are a Schedules tribe and also declared a Primitive Tribal Group (PTG) and the Kurumbas are found only in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu.

One Earth Foundation’s initiative to revive the dying art form of Kurumbas painting was recently extended to cover the Burliar region where the Kurumbas reside in 7 hamlets with an average population of about 55 per hamlet.  These hamlets are Adaralli, Kozhikorai, Pudukkadu, ChinnaKurumbadi, Veeracombai, Unjalaraicombai and Kurumbadi.  The KARI team kick started its efforts to create awareness and revive this art form among the young Kurumbas Children with the first camp held on 13th of April at the village of Kozhikorai.  7 enthusiastic village children participated and learnt the history and motifs of their tribes ancient art form.  We intend to re-visit this hamlet and conduct another camp in 6-8 weeks time.


Art Camp at Kozhikorai

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