Sunday, May 29, 2011

Weekly market of Bagh: Colors of rural India

It’s been a long time that I have wanted to post this video that we captured while driving through the weekly market in the village called Bagh, in Madhya Pradesh state of India. It is a tribal belt in central India located some 600 km from Pune. My wife Nivi and I were passing through this village to see the 4th century Buddhist caves located nearby which have some stunning fresco paintings from Buddhist tales. Quite unexpectedly we landed in this colorful market and were able to see these wonderful people in their weekly shopping mood!

You can see some screen-grabs below and a small one minute video clip which gives an idea of what it was like to be in the middle of a rural Indian weekly market. People wore clothes in combinations of various pinks, reds, greens, shades of white and yellow ochres. These colors, organically evolved, uninterrupted and persistent for centuries, are very symbolic of the preference of people in rural India. Perhaps that’s the reason why these bright colors appear so true and original to eyes. Enjoy!


david weir art said...

Hello Debu Wonderful post,A land so far away from me ,its great to get a glimpse of your world thank you for sharing.And thank you for your comments on my blog

Lynn said...

Beautiful. An acquaintance of mine - a painter - recently spent a month in India. He came back raving about the colours. Thanks for sharing this.

Nomi Lubin said...

Ah, thank you for posting this. I don't know if I should admit this to someone who truly knows India, but many of my collages are influenced by memories of colors of India that I have seen on film. This is especially true of the earliest ones from late 2008 and early 2009. I had recently watched a film about the British painter Howard Hodgkin. He goes to India frequently and a part of the film was one of his trips. The images and color were unforgettable.

Debu Barve said...

David, Lynn, Nomi,
Thank you. I’m glad that you too enjoyed the walk-through of the market.:) Yes, bright and spontaneous colors are integral part of everyday living and it is very inspiring.

Nomi, Yes Howard Hodgkins is my favorite painter too! Many of his (particularly early) paintings are executed in the striking Indian color palettes.

Anonymous said...

Bonjour Debu, magnifiques photos, et leurs couleurs chamarrées expriment parfaitement l'Inde et ces multiples cultures, la Mère du monde civilisée; quant à David il exagè n'habite pas si loin!! :-) Amicalement

Debu Barve said...

Hey Thig, Thanks for your nice comment. I also don’t think that David lives so far away. I ‘meet him’ almost every day and enjoy his gripping art. :) have a nice day!

David said...

A great insight to your world, Debu!

Debu Barve said...

Hi David,

Thank you!

Nomi Lubin said...

"Many of his (particularly early) paintings are executed in the striking Indian color palettes."

Yes. He doesn't paint in India at all. He just soaks it in. Then, back home he makes pictures from memory and...other intangibles.

Beth Niquette said...

Thank you for coming by to visit FATuesday Artist Spotlight! Do you have a gallery where you show your artwork in addition to all these wonderful artists you mention here on your blog?

Your blog is amazing, by the way.

Andrew Graeme Gould said...

Fascinating, Debu. Just the kind of place I'd like to wander through and photograph!

Debu Barve said...

Thank you Beth for your comment. You really have a wonderful blog!
I'm in the process of posting my works online, I shall keep you posted.

My best wishes.

Debu Barve said...


You are most welcome to my place!:) I can take you to all those colorful markets.:)

onkar said...

Hi sir,very nice post. Also I saw your photos of Mandu on Facebook. thats excellent..!! very nice place. I want to visit such a great place.

Debu Barve said...



Mandu is a wonderful place, you should really visit it. :)

Bhushan said...

Colors and Music - Integral part of every Indian!

Thank you Debu!

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