Artist's Profile

Durga Bai

Durga Bai was born in Burbaspur in 1972. When she was six years old, she learned Digna, the geometrical pattern painted on the ground on ritualistic occasions, from her mother. Durga’s skill in Digna soon became known in the village and was requested to draw for others. Jangarh Singh Shyam also thought highly of her. Her publications include the co-authored “The Night Life of Trees” from Tara Books. Many of her naive and warm paintings are themed around the daily life in the village and traditional folklore stories she heard from her grandmother.