At the time, when the world is talking about Nature Conservation, traditional paintings of Jharkhand has a lot to teach us. These are inspired by nature, made up of natural materials and communicate the nature’s message of peace and harmony.

MAATI GHAR is our sincere effort to preserve and promote traditional paintings of Jharkhand. It came across as a vision in 2015 after knowing the deteriorating conditions of these art forms and their artisans. Since then we have been trying to improve the lives of traditional artisans by promoting their work and providing then market linkages. We have also been teaching these to needy and most importantly to our coming generation.

At MAATI GHAR, We believe that there is an inseparable bond between man and nature. Mother Nature has blessed humankind with her bounty and there is a place in creation for all creatures. Nature’s equilibrium should in no way get disturbed by our selfish desires and thoughtless actions. We believe in creating a community of socially and environmentally responsible people.

The way we wish to accomplish our vision is by making our products environment-friendly, socially responsible and putting efforts to reconnect people to their true self.

Below are some excerpts from a beautiful article on CULTURAL TRADITIONS OF NATURE CONSERVATION IN INDIA by S.M. Nair, former Director of the National Museum of Natural History, New Delhi.

Living in harmony with Nature has been an integral part of Indian culture. This has been abundantly reflected in a variety of traditional practices, religious beliefs, rituals, folklore, arts and crafts, and in the daily lives of the Indian people from time immemorial. Virtually all the countries of the world have rich traditions embedded in the ethics of protecting nature. Many ancient cultures tell us how communities lived in harmony with nature, with a tradition of reverence for the elements that constitute ecosystems, drawing their sustenance from natural resources and at the same time protecting the environment that sustains them. Modern man tends to look down upon indigenous people as primitive, backward and superstitious. They may be poor, illiterate, and disadvantaged in many other ways, but they have a tremendous understanding of ecosystems and the factors that sustain them. In the words of Sitakant Mahapatra (1992):

“They still look upon life as a gift to be celebrated; and this ancient Earth as one to be praised, worshipped and also celebrated. They are the one to whom the earth is not something to be used, not a possession or an object for exploitation but a living entity, an object of reverence, and the relationship is one of sacred trust and loving intimacy. For, they believe as much in celebrating one’s life in this world as in remembering, adoring and celebrating the world in one’s life. The sacred soil of ancestors into which one is born is thus a part of one’s fundamental psychic experience of life and is a part of its spiritual dimension. The earth, the land, the village enter into and are secure in racial memory and it is only an ethical imperative to worship the Earth goddess, the Mother Earth.”

Indigenous people in many countries attribute supernatural powers to plants, animals, rivers, oceans, mountains, the wind, the sun, and the moon. Respect for nature is inherent in many religious faiths. Many Hindu gods and goddesses are shown to use animals as mounts. Sacred groves or sacred forests preserved with reverence have been part of Hindu and Buddhist culture. In Christianity as well as in Islam, conservation of the environment is based on the principle that nature and its components are created by God, and humans are entrusted with the responsibility of protecting it. Many religions and moral philosophies have professed the unity of all life on earth and the obligation of human beings to care for them.

Today, when people throughout the world are perturbed by the degradation of the environment and the disastrous consequences of this, traditional ethics of nature conservation could be looked upon as a source of inspiration and guidance for the future.

This mission can only be fulfilled with everyone’s support. Let us treat Nature the way we want nature to treat us, WITH LOVE and RESPECT. Also, kindly, have a look at our SHOP section to find something for yourself or your loved ones, read our BLOG to see how we work, connect with us over social media to get regular updates and help us improve with your valuable advice.

Virendra Kumar