My mother, who is a state award winner in Madhubani, the painting style that I use, was my mentor."
Join us in congratulating to Devendra and Family for receiving the State Award for Excellence for their Madhubani paintings! This award is conveyed by the Government of Bihar for year 2012-2013.
"I was born in 1969 in Jitwarpur, Bihar - an eastern state in India. My mother, who is a state award winner in Madhubani, the painting style that I use, was my mentor. Under her supervision and guidance I have emerged as an artist capable of creating these paintings.
"In this school of art we do not make preliminary sketches, nor is our work planned. We simply pick up our brushes and create. A vivid and creative imagination is essential in this style of art, for while motifs may be similar, no two paintings will ever be found to be the same."
Mithila, (in Bihar) is a scholastic and cultural center in India that traces its lineage of arts from epic times. Mithila paintings – alternately called Madhubani paintings – are a folk tradition kept alive by women in northern Bihar. They depict events from epic, mythology and traditional designs on their floors and walls of their houses using crushed wet rice and natural colors. From this age old tradition stemmed the practice of drawing Mithila paintings on a canvas of hand-made paper or pure mulberry silk fabric using natural colors and fabric dyes. Brushes, sharpened reeds and pen nibs are used.
Sitting astride rearing horses, a couple challenges one another to a race. Charging across the countryside, man, woman and steeds exemplify the grandeur of Mughal India. Nand Kisore paints these richly detailed images with crushed stone colors on a pair....read more
Perched in a spreading tree, three elegant peacocks flaunt their fine plumage. The beautiful birds are a symbol of India. Vidushini works in the Madhubani style to create the images, painting on handmade paper.
All living beings come together to celebrate around the Tree of Life. The tree is a worshipped icon in India – a symbol of life itself. Bharti Dayal depicts brilliant fish and birds with splendid plumage in a traditional Indian Madhubani painting.
Villagers of Mithila celebrate a rich harvest in this Madhubani painting by Devendra Kumar Jha. Joining hands, they rejoice while birds and animals join them. With his extraordinary use of detail, the Indian artist creates the images in concentric circles.....read more
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