Manoj Kumar Tekam trained under famed Gond artist Bhajju Shyam who himself apprenticed under his own uncle the illustrious Jangarh Singh Shyam. Bhajju Shyam passed on to Manoj a wealth of knowledge about the intricacies of Gond art. Rife with environmental themes as it draws on nature and its surroundings, Manoj’s art is textured with the life, experiences and minutiae of community life, which is characteristic of Gond art. For this reason Manoj chooses to stay and work in his village in the Gondwana region. This informs his work, infusing it with rustic authenticity.