Jun 5, 2015

Madhubani Painting


Madhubani painting is practiced in the Mithila region of Bihar and adjoining parts of Terai of Nepal, done with fingers, twigs, brushes, nib-pens and matchsticks, using natural dyes and pigments.The paintings were originally done on walls covered with mud. There are paintings for each occasion and festival. They are also known as Mithila Paintings.

The exact time of the emergence of this art form is not known. According to mythology, the origin can be traced to the time of the Ramayana, when king Janaka of Nepal ordered his kingdom to decorate the town for the wedding of his daughter, Sita to Lord Rama. The original inspiration of Madhubani art emerged from women’s cravings for religiousness and an intense desire to be one with God.

It has five distinctive styles – Bharni, Katchni,  Tantrik, Nepali and Gobar. Earlier there was a class discrimination in making these paintings. Nowadays, Madhubani has become a globalized art form.

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