Shyam, Bhajju / Bai, Durga / Urveti, Ram Singh
Das Geheimnis der Bäume
A picture book from India

Translated from English by Eveline Masilamani-Meyer
Baobab Books, 2008/2009/2011/2012
40 pages, silkscreen print, handmade
CHF 53.00 / € (D) 39,90 / € (A) 41,10
ISBN 978-3-905804-88-1
5th edition, October 2018


Original edition: The Night Life of Trees © 2006 Tara Books, Chennai

Trees work all day for human beings and at night they bring the good spirits to life. For the Gond, one of India‘s indigenous tribes, the tree stands at the center of life, for they have traditionally lived in the forest.Through pictures by Bhajju Shyam, Durga Bai and Ram Singh Urveti, all members of the Gond, a marvelous and ornate, but also threatened world unfolds before our eyes, a world filled with stories and secrets.
→ This book has won the Bologna Ragazzi Award »New Horizons« 2008.

The Artists

Bhajju Shyam (*1971) was selected in 2001 as India's best artist of the year. His works have been exhibited in India and Europe.

Durga Bai (*1974) was born in in the village of Mandla in Madhya Pradesh. She is an innovative Gond artist whose work is distinguished by its highly personal style and for which she has already received several prizes.

Ram Singh Urveti (*1970) is greatly admired by other Gond artists. It is his work in particular that has brought the life and the myths of the Gond to the world's attention. He too has been awarded many prizes.