Bastar tribes in Chhattisgarh have tattoos. Some call it ‘Godna’ while some call it ‘Bana’. Women and men both get Godnas and feel that they will be free from negativity and negative energy.
Although tattoos are a part of tribal culture in this area, they are slowly disappearing. It seems that the youth have either lost an interest or are simply reluctant to continue this tradition. Bastar district government decided to intervene to maintain the Bastar tattoo culture. As part of the many steps taken in this regard, a traditional tattoo training camp was organised in the Bastar Academy of Dance, Art & Culture for the tribal youth.