|Ganesh and Teju are renowned world over for their folk music and art. The couple are folk artists that belong to the Pauva caste, also known as Jogi or Bharathari1. Traditionally they moved from place to place-singing traditional folk and devotional songs at dawn. Today, this multi-talented couple is known internationally for their music and a form of art unique to them and their family- Jogi Art.
|Birth of Jogi Art
Haku Shah, a famous Indian artist and anthropologist, is responsible for the couple’s initiation into art. He frequently lived in the village where Ganesh and Teju lived, and after about five or six years of noticing him in their village, Ganesh arranged to meet him through a common friend – this was almost thirty years ago.
Ganesh’s meeting with Haku Shah developed into a long association between the two. After singing a bhajan for Haku Shah, he was given a paper and pen and asked to draw. That was Ganesh’s first drawing ever, and is published in a book on him called Gopal.
What is Jogi Art?
Jogi Art is a unique art form that is named after the Jogi community that its creators- Ganesh and Teju belong to.
About Ganesh and Teju
Ganesh and Teju are vibrant, talented people and their paintings reflect this. With eight children, Teju reminisces about when her children were young and she would be happiest painting with her children around her or on her lap.
|1 Teju Zeichnet, Aus Den Malheften einer indischen familie, Christina Brunner and Cornelia Vogelsanger with contributions by Haku Shah und Elisabeth Grossmann
(Teju Zeichnet, Aus Den Malheften einer indischen familie, Christina Brunner and Cornelia Vogelsanger mit Beitragen von Haku Shah und Elisabeth Grossmann)