Madhubani Painting- The folk Art of Bihar

30 Dec 2016  Fri

Who doesn’t like the art? Well…everybody likes it and is proud of Indian Art and Culture. One such art today we will be discussing is the Madhubani Art.

The picture given above is of a Madhubani Painting. This style of painting originated from a small village of Maithili in the state of Bihar. It is therefore also known as Maithili Painting.

Initially, the womenfolk of the village drew paintings on the walls of their home, as an illustration of their thoughts, hopes, and dreams. With time, the paintings started becoming a part of festivities and special events, like marriage. Slowly and gradually, the Madhubani style painting of India crossed the traditional boundaries and started reaching connoisseurs of art, both at the national as well as the international levels.

The traditional base of freshly plastered mud wall of huts has now been replaced by cloth, handmade paper or canvas. Maithili paintings make use of three-dimensional images and the colors that are used are derived mainly from plants. The themes on which these paintings are based include nature and mythological events. The first reference to the Maithili painting of Bihar is found in the epic of Ramayana when King Janaka of Mithila ordered the paintings to be created for his daughter, Maithili or Sita's, wedding.

In order to celebrate the richness of Madhubani Painting, India Post issued a set of 5 Stamps out of which 3 stamps have the face value of INR 3, one of INR 5 and one of INR 10. The Paintings depicted on the stamp are Krishna with Gopies, Flower Girls and Bali & Sugriva. The Lotus Plant Motif & Kohbar-Ghar; Mural are depicted on the INR 5 and INR 10 stamps.

We already have seen few classical Indian paintings like Ajanta Painting,Phad Painting and Miniature Painting depicted on stamps.

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