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Santhal Harvest Dance
Title Santhal Harvest Dance
Museum Name National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru
Gallery Name Reserve Collection
Object Type Painting
Main Material Water Colour on Paper
Main Artist Nandalal Bose
Artist's Nationality Indian
Artist's Life Date / Bio Data 1883-1966
Country India
Period / Year of Work 1950
Dimensions 37 cm x 24 cm
Brief Description A strong interest in the folk idiom inspires this painting, wherein a group of Santhali tribal men are depicted dancing. The sense of movement visible from the feet of the dancers, and the rhythm of the composition suggest that the artist witnessed this event, titled 'harvest dance', live. The wavy lines, earthy colours and speed of brush work show Nandalal Bose's desire to portray Santhali culture as a rich, and vibrant one as well as capture the rhythmic movement of the performance. Nandalal Bose had a close relationship with Gandhi and shared many of his ideals. He was the only artist ever patronized by the great leader, who often insisted he had no time for art.