An Artist invites you to her world of beautiful Madhubani Art!

The moment I think about India, I think of her rich, beautiful “culture”. One among the many jewels on India’s glamorous cultural diadem is its majestic folk art. Indian Folk Art is a mixture of vibrant colors and intricate patterns. It reflects the arduous effort of the artist, and the illustrious Indian culture in the same frame. The motifs are mostly inspired by Indian mythologies. Though coming from different regions of India, most folk art, in the country, bear some resemblance in terms of aesthetics, ornamentation, intricacies and vibrancy. One of the famous folk arts of India is Madhubani Art.

Humble Beginnings of Madhubani Art

The Indian Bride, Madhubani painting by Anushree Dutta

It originated in the kingdom of Mithila (Northern Bihar and Nepal), during the reign of King Janak (from Ramayana), and hence is also referred to as Mithila Painting. During the wedding of Lord Rama and Sita (daughter of King Janak), the entire town is believed to have been painted – the walls adorned with beautiful Madhubani art. Ever since, the tradition continues and women in North Bihar decorate the walls of their houses by painting them with intricate patterns, during religious ceremonies or weddings.

Most Madhubani paintings depict Gods and Goddesses, decorated with flora and fauna. The motifs are outlined in black and filled in with bright colors. Occasionally, they might be filled with fine textures and closely placed thin black lines. Either way, no space is left blank in the painting, a technique unique to this folk art.

Evolution of Madhubani

In recent years, Madhubani art has evolved and is not confined to house walls or limited to natural dyes. Today, artists work on handmade paper, canvas or cloth and explore various tools and mediums. This has widened the horizon of Madhubani art and helped spread its fame all around the globe. It is one of the treasures of the Indian Culture that glimmers in its own aura of exotic beauty. 

Anushree Dutta is an artist of many forms. She loves to play with various artforms. In her blog, she plays with words, graphics, photos, and her paintings. This article initially appeared on her blog.    




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