Art in a box

By Yamini Pathak | The Hindu

The Gujarati artist Gulam Mohammed Sheikh used a story-telling and religious tradition called kaavad to bring his art to the world. A kaavad is a wooden box with doors that open like flaps on all sides.

The flaps or panels have pictures on both sides and can fold like an accordion. Some of them can bend and join together to create new scenes. In the olden days, Rajasthani storytellers wandered the land, singing or reciting their stories with the help of pictures on their kaavad. It was small enough to be carried from place to place.

4 July 2019