The Gonds are among the largest tribes in Central India, numbering about 4 million. Though predominantly centered in Madhya Pradesh, they are present in significant numbers in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Orissa as well. The word ‘Gond’ comes from Dravidian
expression Kond, meaning ‘the green mountain’. Traditionally made on festive occasions such as Karwa Chauth, Diwali, Ashtami and Nag Panchmi, Gond painting depicts various celebrations, rituals and man’s relationship with nature. The work of Gond artists is rooted in their folk tales and culture, and thus story-telling is a strong element of every painting.