Art and Culture of JagdalpurJagdalpur is a very beautiful city of and a delight of many tourists. It is located on the banks of the river Indravati and is very famous amongst tourists. It is also well known for its festivals, handicrafts like wooden craft, bell metal work, silk cloth etc. Jagdalpur is majorly inhabited by the tribals and hence its culture is very much influenced by the local tribes. It is though the land of multiple religions and languages. Bastar Dussherra is very famous all over for its uniqueness and the gleam. The culture and the language spoken here is to some extent also has a touch of Oriyan culture.
Religions in Jagdalpur
Hinduism, Christianity and Islam are the main religions followed in Jagdalpur. Around 70% of the total population of Bastar comprises tribals. And thus the religious beliefs here are very much influenced by the local myths and religious beliefs of the tribals. The most common tribes of the Bastar region are the Abhuj Maria, Gond, Bhatra, Dhurvaa, Bison Horn Maria, Muria and Halbaa. Bhatras are again sub divided into Pit Bhatra, San Bhatra and Amnit Bhatra, of which Amnit are considered to have Highest Status.
Languages in JagdalpurHindi, English, Oriya, Chattisgarhi and Marathi are the most common language spoken in Jagdalpur. Other Languages that are spoken here specially by the tribals include Gondi, Halbi and Chhattisgari Bhatri. Chhattisgari Bhatri falls under the group of Oriya language. Chhattisgari Bhatri and Oriya have only 60% lexical similarity.
Art and Handicrafts in JagdalpurArt and craft of any region have always been preserved as documentation of society, time and culture. It has always been an outcome of folk artists, tribal and craft persons thoughts, ideas and imagination. The tribal people have been engaged in the beautiful art and craft work since ages. Their art has always been preserved since ages and is still alive and visible in the lifestyle of the tribal people. These people are majorly involved in collecting useful and household material from forests and giving these materials a unique and outstanding look for everyone to look and get trapped in the beauty of them. These people art and craft can be seen in the mind-boggling shapes, forms and designs they give to wood, clay, stone etc. Here is an interesting elaboration of the art and craft of Jagdalpur.
Wrought Iron craft, wood craft and terracotta has been speciality of this region. Wrought Iron craft,
technique inherited from the ancestors has its unique charm. The outstanding skill and creativity of this craft is unmatched. Some of the common themes of these artifacts are the local deities, horses, different bird, armed tribal soldiers and pigs. Similarly decorative items, figures of gods and tribal dieties, wall panels etc. made from teak wood and white wood are of great value. The terracotta art is not only used as decorative item but has a special significance for the tribes. It’s undulating beauty is unmatched. The vibrant colors of terracota seems to be giving life to the unmatchable beauty. Terracota horse and elephant is used by the tribes to offer it to their deities on every occasion be is happy or sad from a birth to death to a wedding. Some of the very famous and most popular terracota items are red and black decorated animal figures of horses, bulls, elephants and idols of different gods and goddess.
Bell MetalThe perfect depiction of the story of culture and lifestyle of tribals is the Bell metal toys and decorative pieces. The uniqueness of this art is that they are given a raw look. Bell metal is an alloy of brass, copper and lead. This art has taken its root from Indus valley civilization. The various forms that this metal is given includes the figures of gods, animals, supernatural powers, and birds.
Bamboo CraftsBasketry and other bamboo products is another major craft of this region. The baskets made by these tribes are not only used by them, but across the nation to store different items. This craft is believed to be so old that its origin is not yet known. This is considered to be the craft of Baiga, Gond and Korku tribal communities.
WeavingCollected from a kind of worm found in the forests in the area is the silk thread known as Kosa silk Thread. Out of this are made the remarkable Kosa Silk Sarees. The traditional sarees which are largely worn by the tribal women are made of thick unbleached cotton. These are short and narrow sarees of single color. The techonolgy used to weave these sarees is known as Muhajorhi. Natural colors are used to dye these sarees. Daspanika tribe of Nagarnar village is famous for this work.
Some of the places to shop for handicrafts in Jagdalpur include:
Chhattisgarh Hasth Shilp Vikas Board
Contact: S. L. Dhruey
Location: Chandni Chowk, Jagdalpur 494001
Call: +91-7782-224608, 222579
Jagdalpur Shabari Emporium
Location: Chandni Chowk, Jagdalpur, Dist. Basta
Contact: 07782 222579
Jagdalpur Shabari Emporium
Location: Parchanpal, Dist. Bastar
Contact: 07782 262478
Location: Micro Common Facility Center Sirmud Block Jagdalpur Nagur Road Jagdalpur
Location: Micro Common Facility Center Arrakot Dantewada Road Block Tokapal Jagdalpur
GF-12, Market Complex, Housing Board Colony, Near Sai Mandir, Dharampura, Jagdalpur 494001
Pratapganj Para, Circuit House Road, Jagdalpur - 494001
Location: Micro Common Facility Center Chillkutii Jagdalpur Bastar