Other Masters of India

Contemporary creations of the Adivasis


Growing in the fringes of big Hindu communities, the "indigenous" people of India, or the adivasi (« the first and foremost inhabitants" in Sanskrit), are well known for their living traditions. These communities cover the length and breadth of the Indian soil and have an ill-known artistic and cultural heritage that is as fascinating as it varied.

Other Masters of India offers a complete voyage through the country, from South India with its Bhuta wooden sculptures to the mountainous villages of the Nagas In the North-Eastern part of the country, with its architectural elements sculpted from animal heads, cutting across the islands located on the South-Eastern part of India, Nicobar and Andaman, where sculptures in colored wood were produced, moving on to Rajasthan and its painted clay panels, and Gujarat which boasts mural paintings by the Rathava tribe. We can also discover the clay and bamboo sculptures specifically executed for the exhibition by the women artists of Chattisgarh.

Last but not least, the monographs of two contemporary artists, Jangarh Singh Shyam and Jivya Soma Mashe, present at the highest echelons of the global art market, make up the last section of the exhibition.


160 pages • 21 x 27 cm • 29,50 €
Co-published by musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac / Somogy 2010
ISBN: 978235744015