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Jivya Soma Mashe


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Works by Jivya Soma Mashe

Jivya Soma Mashe was born in 1923 in the Warli tribe, just about 200 km at the north of Mumbai. The story of Jivya Soma Mashe is unusual. Abandoned by his family from a very early age, he retreats into total silence. His only mode of expression is drawing. The daily practice of an art until then exclusively ephemeral and practiced at the only Warli ritual occasions, drew the attention of the first government emissaries, in charge of the conservation and the promotion of the Warli art. His talent was very soon noticed at national level, receiving directly from the hand of the highest political leaders of India like Nehru or Indira Gandhi, the most important artistic Indian awards, and then on an international level, participating to well-noticed exhibitions, including “Les Magiciens de la terre” in 1989.