When Bhuribai moved to the city of Bophal for the first time, she was intimidated by the vehicles and the urban landscape of the city. Eventually, she grew accustomed to life in the city of Bhopal and began to compare the city’s cars and airplanes to the birds and animals of her own village. These comparisons are regular motifs in her art.
The Bhil tribe is an ethnic group inhabiting the Western part of Central India. Well over 1.5 million live as marginal farmers in almost 2000 villages. The members of the Bhil tribe possess a vast array of rich customs and traditions. Their "pointilist" tradition is inspired by the kernels of maize—the Bhil’s staple crop—each group of dots have multiple layers of symbolism. Stories, prayers, ancestors, memories and traditions are skillfully painted into a symphony of multihued and rhythmic dots.