Thursday, 23 June 2011

Painting collection at Museum.

You can see A collection of Mihila Paintings at the Bihar govt  Institute of industrialDesign digha Patna and at in museum  Darbhanga. President of India gave an award to Mrs Jagdamba Devi of Village Jitbarpur near Madhubani. Beside her, two other painters, Mrs Sita Devi and Mrs Mahasundari Devi were also given national awards in this field.In 2011, Shri Mahasundari Devi was again awarded, this time Padma Shri by the government of India.
A collection of some samples of Mithila's domestic arts may be seen in the Chandradhari Museum, Darbhanga. W.G. Archer has also a collection of Mithila paintings and so has Upendra Maharathi, the artist, under whose supervision a collection of Bihar's folk art and craft has been built up at the Bihar Government Institute of Industrial Design, Digha, Patna.
Traditionally, painting was one of the skills that was passed down from generation to generation in the families of the Mithila Region, mainly by women. The painting was usually done on walls during festivals, religious events, and other milestones of the life-cycle such as birth, Upanayanam (sacred thread ceremony), and is one of the best craft work
Madhubani art
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Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Madhubani Paintings-Technique and colors

Madhubani painting comes from the Indian villages of Madhubani and Mithila in Bihar. These paintings are done on various mediums such as cloth, hand made paper and canvas. The main themes of Madhubani paintings contain images of Hindu deities such as Krishna, Ram, Shiva, Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. Also you will be able to find beautiful Madhubani paintings of sun, moon and tulsi or the sacred basil plant revered very much by the Hindus.

Scenes of royal courts and social events such as celebration of wedding are also beautifully depicted in Madhubani paintings.The main categories in Madhubani paintings are:
  • Traditional
  • Monochrome
  • Tattoo
  • Contemporary
  • Animals and Birds

The art of Madhubani painting requires skill and implies a certain technique. This technique requires simple raw materials that are easily located in villages such as bamboo sticks and cotton.
Firstly the cotton is wrapped around a bamboo stick to serve as a brush. Then the brush is dipped in colors and applied on to the fabric. No shading technique is used. The outline is done with double lines. The gaps between the two lines are filled with cross or straight lines. Colors are not used in linear paintings.

Vegetable colors are used making use of natural resources. For eg
  • Black – By blending soot and cow dung
  • Yellow - From turmeric, pollen, lime, milk of banyan leaves,
  • Blue -Indigo
  • Red - Kusam flower juice or red sandalwood
  • Green - wood apple tree leaves
  • White - Rice powder
  • Orange - Palasha flowers
Madhubani paintings are pretty and well recognized by their distinct style of painting. Colorful and vivid in their description and get, the Madhubani art form is well appreciated by one and all. Madhubani paintings add a dash of vibrancy in the room and enhance its appeal when used as home d├ęcor item.
Madhubani painting is an expression of day-to-day experiences and beliefs. Madhubani painting is a traditional art symbolism, simplicity and beauty. In the Madhubani painting, the treatment of color is beautifully done. The themes of daily activities, nature, flora and fauna and Hindu Gods are the most prominent.

Madhubani paintings are characterized by the vibrant and bold use of colors and traditional geometric patterns that supports the main theme. Some of the main attributes of all the Madhubani paintings double line border, ornate floral patterns, abstract-like figures of deities and bulging eyes and a jolting nose of the faces of the figures.

The Madhubani painting is a traditional folk art form which has succeeded in creating a place for itself in the internationally and is recognized world wide.

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