"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."
Kali ma takes the form of an angry goddess in this Madhubani painting by Devendra Kumar Jha. According to Hindu mysticism, Lord Shiva is the creator while his consort Kali is the destroyer. She dances on her prostrate husband while holding the heads....read more
Lord Shiva and Parvati become one soul and body, incarnated as Ardhnareshwar - 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....read more
The tree is a worshipped icon in India – a symbol of life itself. It flourishes above concentric semicircles where birds, fish and animals frolic. In the shade of its branches, peacocks sit in pairs. Using vegetable dye on handmade paper, Bharti Dayal....read more
This cheerful Madhubani painting celebrates the happy coexistence of nature’s creatures. Fish swim under the tree of life whose sturdy branches hold dancing peacocks. Known as mayura, the peacock is India’s national bird. Devendra Kumar Jha and....read more
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