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.
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
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
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
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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