SHAMBHU DAYAL SHYAM
Gond artist Sambhu Dayal Shyam was paintings his classroom walls even as his classmates were grappling with alphabets. Encouraged by his teacher, he went on to decorate floors and wedding arenas for Rs. 15/ a day. Thirty years later, some of his paintings can still be seen on the doors and walls of his village! Sambhu Dayal Shyam moved to make his base in Bhopal. With the demand for his paintings growing all the times he now even paints on T-shirts and saris. While his location may have changed, he still uses natural colors. He goes back to his village regularly for supplies. He feels he works best with the black, red, yellow and orange colored mud from his district. Shyam has mastered the line and dot form to imaginatively interpret the legion of myths as per Gond beliefs.