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.
Created in the traditional style of Mithila, this delightful Madhubani painting celebrates the harmony of all nature. Devendra Kumar Jha depicts a mother elephant with a baby growing in her tummy. The pachyderms are quite detailed and ornate, while the....read more
A handsome family of peacocks dances on the branches of a blossoming tree in this Gond painting by Vidushini. Working with acrylics on handmade paper, Vidushini replicates the painting styles of the Gond tribes of Madhya Pradesh. Themes traditionally....read more
Elegant birds flaunt splendid plumage, each one hand painted in the Madhubani style on handmade paper. Originating in Mithila, Madhubani paintings strive to show a perfect harmony in the natural world. Vidushini works in a vibrant palette of primary....read more
Covered with colorful flowers, a majestic tree is home to golden songbirds. Peacocks pose in the shade of its branches. Shweta paints the idyllic images with oils over images in relief crafted with marble dust. Such paintings can take as many as seven....read more
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