Primitive paintings capture rare perception of contemporary life and times, covering prehistoric as well as part of historic period. They beautifully bring out the simplicity and authenticity of life lived by the people that produced the artists.
Living as they did in close companionship with nature, theirs was an endless struggle for survival to find food and substance, which is obviously reflected in scenes of hunting depicted in paintings. However the artists rose much above this fundamental need and painted a refreshing variety of themes: dwelling in huts and dancing in celebration; paying homage in idols and playing on musical instruments; collecting honey and singing to satisfaction.
Thus the available corpus of rock-paintings represents a rich heritage of humanity, testifying to innate human capacity for abstraction, synthesis and idealization. It’s a precious treasure-house of social, economic, cultural and spiritual dimensions of life left by our ancestors.
Broadly the period of prehistoric paintings extends from BC 12000 to BC 500 totaling fairly long period of about 10,000 to 12,000 years.
Hydrabad 2002, 2003