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.
Durga, another form of the goddess Kali, rides a lion in this colorful Madhubani painting. In one hand, she holds the head of a demon while in the other she carries spiritual weapons. Devendra Kumar... Read More
Bright color courses through the tree of life, venerated by the people of Mithila. Peacocks preen in the shade of its branches and fish swim beneath while the sun watches over them. Devendra Kumar Jha... Read More
Dressed in silken finery, a man and woman pose for their wedding portrait. The bride wears an ornate nose ring and a flowing veil; the groom wears earrings and a tasseled hat. Vidushini works in the... Read More
A mystical aura of peace and tranquility reign in this majestic painting by Tanisha Bakshi of India. Gutama Buddha meditates deep in the forest as he prays for world peace. The artist chooses a... Read More