"Though I have not had any formal training, it was not difficult for me take up this art. I have inherited it from my culture, and it feels great. I take pride in it."
Congratulations go to Vidushini! Her painting, "Tree of Life" (available through NOVICA) has been selected by Delhi University for the cover of their book, "Indian History and Culture."
"I was born in Kolkata in 1972 and brought up there. I come from Bihar, the state where Madhubani painting originated. I was born to a family of film distributors and grew up watching Hindi movies. I studied up to my tenth standard in Kolkata. Later my parents moved to Patna and this is where I continued my studies with a graduate and post graduate degree in chemistry. After finishing, I went into the teaching profession. When I got married I moved to Delhi, and now we are in Bangalore.
"My association with painting began not so long ago. Although I occasionally painted when I was a child, it was not with an intention to continue professionally. However I was much inspired by the Madhubani art that originated in my home state. I started to paint again after I had my first baby. I stopped teaching when he was born, since I needed time for my son. But at the same time, I wanted to do something that I could do from home. So I started painting. Initially, it was for decorating my home and making paintings for friends and relatives. Everyone liked my work and encouraged me to pursue it professionally.
"Though I have not had any formal training, it was not difficult for me take up this art. I have inherited it from my culture, and it feels great. I take pride in it. Right now I am concentrating on Madhubani paintings only, but one day I would definitely like to venture into different media and themes."
Lord Shiva and Parvati become one soul and body, incarnated as arthanari - meaning "half man and half woman." The beautiful consort of Shiva, Parvati is adored and petitioned by wives seeking a happy married life. Regarded as the celestial overlord....read more
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
Decked out in silks and beads, two mighty elephants lift their trunks and trumpet aloud. Surrounded by flowers, the pachyderms rejoice in their harmonious relationship with nature. Vidushini paints them in the Madhubani style on handmade paper.
Peacocks bill and coo in a floral garden, their elegant plumage depicted in radiant colors. Celebrating their unity, people and elephants form concentric circles around the beautiful birds. Bharti Dayal creates an enchanting painting in the traditional....read more
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