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The Night Life of Trees
The Night Life of Trees

Intricately drawn visions of trees fill the pages of this sumptuous book of art and folklore from the Gond tribe in central India. Each painting is accompanied by its own poetic tale, myth or lore – narrated by the artists.


Bhajju Shyam, Durga Bai and Ram Singh Urveti

Intricately drawn visions of trees fill the pages of this sumptuous book of art and folklore from the Gond tribe in central India. In Gond belief, trees stand in the middle of life, and the spirit of many things lie in them. They are busy all day, giving shade and support and shelter and food to all. Only when night falls can they find rest for themselves, and then, under quiet dark skies, the spirits that live in them are revealed.

Recreated from original art by Ram Singh Urveti, Bhajju Shyam and Durga Bai, three of the finest living artists of the Gond tradition, The Night Life of Trees is a tribute to the majesty of trees, and to old ways of relating to the natural world. Each painting is accompanied by its own poetic tale, myth or lore – narrated by the artists themselves recreating the familiarity and awe with which the Gond people view the cosmos.   New (9th) Edition


"A book where the nightingale sings until morning." - John Berger  


"A glowingly mysterious and charming volume ... this mingling of the mythic, mundane and poetic gives an alluring glimpse into an integrative worldview that's in poignant contrast to the fragmented postmodern world." - Publisher's Weekly (Starred Review)


"This is a book that adds to our understanding of the world." - Fine Books and Collections



Price: $ 46.95
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THE NIGHT LIFE OF TREES
THE NIGHT LIFE OF TREES

10 Blank Cards with Envelopes (2 each of 5 designs)


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What happens in the forest after darkness falls? Artists from the Gond tribal community in the densely forested region of central India imagine trees as you have never seen them before.


From the state of Madhya Pradesh in central India, the Gonds are a community of highly visual people. They surround themselves with their stunning art, which is traditionally painted on the mud floors and walls of their homes.


Hailing from a densely forested region, the tree is at the heart of their art, providing a rich source of inspiration.


The artwork used for the cards was originally drawn for the bestselling book The Night Life of Trees. Each card has been screen-printed by hand at Tara Books’ sustainable print workshop in Chennai, South India, which employs, trains and nurtures young bookmaking artisans.


Proceeds from the sale of each pack are shared between the artists and the artisans involved in creating the cards


The Artists


The trees have been rendered by Durga Bai, Ramsingh Urveti and Bhajju Shyam—widely acknowledged to be the finest living artists working within the Gond tradition.



Price: $ 18.95
Sale Price: $ 18.95 / Rs 500.00