Tuesday, 13 March 2012


I had taken part in a competition recently where we were expected to depict the festival of Holi- A joyous celebration of colours. I selected the theme of Warli to depict Holi.

Holi is also known as Dhuli in Sanskrit and  is celebrated by throwing scented powder and perfume at each other. Bonfires which are known as Holikaa are lit up on the eve of the festival. After Holikaa dahan the prayers are offered. These bonfires are lit up in the memory of the miraculous escape of  a boy named Prahlad when a Demoness Holikaa, the sister of Hiranyakashyipu, carried him into the fire. The demoness was burnt but Prahlad, a devout of God Vishnu, escaped from the flames without any injuries due to his unshakable devotion.

The depiction of Holi in Warli is very interesting . I used oil pastels in two layers. the first one- a blend of 7 colours, and the second- a layer of black. The black was then scraped out over the desired design. :)

Depiction of the festival Holi in Warli

HOLI: A colourful representation in Warli


  1. great technique!! Very colourful!

  2. thanx :) i wanted it to be colourful as the theme was Holi :)