Hi! I am Dubbu Bariya. I make Bhil Tribal Art. I was born on April 15, 1984, in Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh. I had not seen my father as he died before my birth. Despite facing many difficulties, our mother raised her six children. She faced a real miserable situation but still, she fulfilled all her responsibilities. All that I am or hope to be; I owe to my mother.
My responsibilities increased after marriage. So I started learning Bhil Art from my aunt Shrimati Bhuri Bai, who is a well-known name in Bhil Art. I thought that one day I could become a famous artist in Bhil Art. This art was not only my career, but it was the only way I could improve my life.
As time passed, I also become a good artist. But still, I didn’t get any chance to showcase my work outside my village. But one day I got an opportunity from the place where I was working as a laborer, it was the Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts. Our sir admired my paintings and asked me to participate in an exhibition in Mysore. I was very happy because it was the day I was waiting for. I was thinking about that now I can make my own identity and showcase my work in the country and abroad. After Mysore exhibition, I got an opportunity to join Trifed India. Even there my work was appreciated.
I have participated in many exhibitions in Delhi, Mumbai, Baroda, Jammu and Kashmir, Mumbai (Kala Ghoda Festival), Bangalore, Bhopal (Bharat Bhawan) etc.
Besides this, I also teach this art to many children. Today I am living a much-improved life just because of Bhil Art. I also want my children to learn Bhil Art with their studies so that the next generation can also know about this art.