Well-known Warli Artist Jivya Mashe dies at 84; last rites performed with State honors

As per latest reports, renowned artist Jivya Soma Mashe, who made the Warli tribal art form popular, expired on Monday night.

The well-known personality lost his life at his house located in Dahanu taluka. The 84-year-old artist was bedridden for a long time.

As per an official in the Palghar district management, Mashe got honored with the Padma Shri during the year 2011 for his input towards Warli artwork. In addition, he had also received the National honor for the Tribal Art during the year 1976. Mashe is survived by his two sons, who are on the same line (Warli artists), and a daughter.

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Mr. Navnath Zare, Palghar's resident deputy collector, stated that a state memorial service was planned for the great personality on Tuesday.

Mashe was acknowledged for his imaginative reinvention of an art form that was becoming extinct.

Rahul Sarang, the sub-divisional officer of Dahanu, said, “Jivya Soma Mashe breathed his last at his home in Ganjad about 4 am. His last rites were performed with full government honors at 2.30 pm.”

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 He appreciably added to the traditions and growth of the Warlis, a clan living mostly in the hilly and coastal regions of the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat. Mashe’s wors of art brought special indications of the tribal idea of environment and civilization in symmetry, and for drawing attention to the present-day relevance of local forms of knowledge.

With the help of great works, the Warli art type materialized from its insulated world to draw worldwide reputation and interest.

Mashe bagged global recognition for his special work and took part in a number of exhibitions and festivals crosswise the globe.

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Delhi-based art historian and curator Yashodhara Dalmia, who has written a book titled ‘The Painted World of the Warlis’ (1988), said, “Mashe was not only a talented artist who built himself up from nothing, he also had the vision to bring in modern consciousness into the art. He has left behind a great artistic thought. We see Warli art almost everywhere these days — on our walls, saris and many other things. The man who introduced the world to this art, lived a simple life and has left behind a great legacy. His contribution to the language of art is immense.”

by Vijay Singh | Wed, May 16 - 01:06 PM

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