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About Anil Vangad - Warli Master Artist

Updated: Jun 20


Anil Vangad hails from a small Warli tribal village in the state of Maharashtra, but his work has been exhibited across India, Europe and the U.S. As a child, Vangad was entranced, watching his mother paint in the tribe’s traditional manner, and she taught him the techniques that imbued him with respect for its centuries-old roots. Vangad works exclusively with natural materials like rice paste, cow dung and charcoal, and advocates for other Warli painters to do the same and eschew synthetics. While his materials are historical, Vangad’s perspective is contemporary, documenting his thoughts and observations of modern village life in his paintings.


Warli painting stretches far back into undocumented history, and the forms of gods, goddesses, humans and animals that are still used today have an elemental, ancient quality. Traditionally, these figures, as well as non-figurative designs, have been painted onto houses during times of celebration, but the work has migrated to paper that can be sold. The materials used in Warli painting speak directly to the circumstances of village life and the local environment—cow dung from the animals that give sustenance, rice paste from the surrounding paddies, charcoal from the fires that are vital to life.


Leela Foundation is proud to bring this master artist from India to the Triangle and share his story, art and talent with aspiring artists and art lovers. Vangad has a varied schedule over the week of July 17- 21 which gives participants many opportunities to connect and learn from him.


Hands-On Workshops - July 20 & 21

Location: HSNC Learning Center, Rm 9, 309 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville, NC 27560, USA

Learn from talented Warli master artist, Anil Vangad, in a hands-on workshop that is tailored for each age group. During the workshop, the artist will guide participants and teach them ancient techniques that make this art form unique.

  • Pre-teens (8-12): 9 -10 a.m., July 20 & 21

  • Teens (13-17): 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., July 20 & 21

  • Adults (18 and over): 3 - 5:30 p.m., July 20 & 21


Supplies are included, registration is required.




Master Artist Apprenticeship - July 17, 18 & 19, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Location: Leela School of Dance, 1018, Suite E Morrisville Parkway,

Morrisville, NC 27560

During these three days, the artist will be working on a large collaborative Warli masterpiece, and you can work alongside him. As he gives guidance to the collaborative participants, they will have the opportunity to learn how a Warli master approaches the work. Supplies are included, registration required.





Meet & Greet in Chapel Hill - July 17, 6 to 8 p.m.

Location: Lune Spark, 250 S. Elliott Rd., Suite 110, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Do not miss this opportunity to meet talented Warli master artist, Anil Vangad, and hear him share about his techniques, artistic approach and journey. This is a wonderful chance to add to your art collection with a unique piece of art from this talented tribal artist. Hosts for this event are Leela Foundation and Lune Spark. This event is free and has no registration required!



Warli Demo & Talk in Cary - July 18, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Location: West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Dr., Cary, NC 27519

Learn about the tribal art style of Warli, practiced in the states of Maharashtra and south Gujarat in India from renowned artist, Anil Vangad. Watch the artist at work, jump into his lively world and learn more about this talented artist with 17 years of fascinating creativity under his belt. Anil's artistic journey began under the guidance of his equally talented mother, a true artistic legacy. But Anil Vangad isn't just about painting; he's deeply rooted in the land as a farmer, echoing the traditional profession of the Warlis. There will be time for questions during the talk, so come ready to be curious about this fascinating artist and art form. This event is free, and has no registration required!



Meet & Greet in RTP - July 19, 6 to 8 p.m.

Location: Sam IT Solutions, 2511 NC 54, Ste. 201, Durham, NC 27713

Hosted by Leela Foundation and Sam IT Solutions, this is another great opportunity to meet talented Warli master artist, Anil Vangad, and hear him share about his techniques, artistic approach and journey. Take advantage of this moment to add to your art collection with a unique piece of art from this talented tribal artist. This event is free, and has no registration required!


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