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.
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Two gentle cows devotedly listen to Lord Krishna as he plays a message of peace on his flute. The milkmen's wives dance ecstatically to his sweet music. Devendra Kumar Jha and Family paint the elegant... Read More
Bird celebrate their freedom, flaunting their brilliant plumage in a joyous work of art. Surrounded by concentric circles of birds and people, the motif shows the harmony of all species. Using... Read More
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... Read More
Lord Krishna tends to two gentle cows as he plays a message of peace on his flute. The milkmen's wives who carry water jars follow him, entranced by his sweet music. Devendra Kumar Jha and his family... Read More