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Living gods

LITTLE is known about their lives. And even lesser number of people have interacted with them. But for Indologist Cornelia Mallebrein who has now settled in this country, tribals are not just a piece of exotica to be viewed and photographed. They have a living culture which she feels is to be respected and more than that understood for what it is. Her recent exhibition "Living gods on earth,'' seeks to capture the idea behind godly visitations, rituals and traditions which are practised in the remote tribal areas of Orissa, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Mallebrein who has been working and documenting lives of tribals for over 20 years said that the very fact people evince interest in them (tribals) "gives them a sense of identity."

SUCHITRA BEHAL

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