"Jivya Soma Mashe and Balu Mashe, his son, have drawn on a common store of tribal memory to give us these paintings of Warli legends, still delightfully current and part of their lives. The paintings reproduced here were originally drawn in white on brown paper thinly smeared with cowdung paste, these semi-abstract line-figures spread over the surface in an easy narrative flow. They have evolved from restricted ritual drawings on mud-walled huts into a pictorial repository of folk tales, humour and myth. The paintings startle visually without the prop of colour; and with remarkable economy of detail. The Warli vocabulary is almost hieroglyphic in effect.
The legends in this book are the result of two fascinating and lively story-sessions with Sadashiv Mashe, Jivya's son. It was a happening very much in keeping with the oral traditions of Indian myth and legend. They are retold here by Lakshmi Lal for the modern reader, filling in and fleshing out, but never deviating from the spirit of the originals.
An exhaustive introduction by Yashodhara Dalmia, whose book on Warli art is under publication by the Lalit Kala Akademi, explains how the art of the Warlis is not just a feast for the eyes. It is a soul's-eye view of the mysteries of life, a passionate and compulsive pre-occupation with 'all things great and small'."
This copy is in excellent condition, with overall clean, undamaged pages and covers. The only markings are a written dedication to the previous owners accompanied by a small drawing (please see photos). The dust-jacket is also in very good condition, with the only flaw being two horizontal creases along the back -dust-jacket.