shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest StumbleUpon TumblrWe are sorry, but with the turn of the New Year, we have been trying our level best to draw and paint our very own ‘City of Stars’ as portrayed in our numero uno favorite movie, ‘La La Land’. For an avid landscape painter, it is quite impossible to ignore…
Madhubani art and painting is an ancient style of ethnic rural Indian painting originating in Madhubani / Mithila. The Madhubani / Mithila region consists of parts of northern Bihar and southern Nepal.
Madhubani paintings can be traced to the time of Ramayana. King Janak was the ruler of Videha and he ruled in Mithila. His daughter Sita was married to Lord Ram. Traditional Madhubani paintings were painted on fresh plastic clay walls and on the floor. With the increasing popularity of this ethnic art form, many new media are used such as Canvas, handmade paper, drapery, wall hangings, Saris.
A unique feature of Madhubani paintings is that it is mainly made by women. For centuries, the knowledge of this ancient art form has been passed from mother to daughter.
Madhubani paintings are very clear and easy to discover. A typical Madhubani painting will have some / all features listed below:
- They depict images and popular folklore of Hindu gods and goddesses, sights from daily rural Indian life, scenes of nature - especially Animals, Trees, Flowers.
- Earthy colors such as Brown, Red, Yellow, Orange are often used. The color is extracted from plants; for example yellow from turmeric, blue from indigo, brown from ocher.
- Geometric patterns are widely used. Sometimes they form the core of the painting; Most times they are used in a supporting role to improve the main figures of the painting.
- There is usually no shading in the painting.
- Vivid figures (gods, people, animals, birds ...) have clear and large facial features such as eyes, nose.
- The mark's boundary is clearly marked with 2-3 lines that have patterns in them. These patterns are usually geometric.
Currently there are few Madhubani artists who are well-known in art circles. Since it is mainly done by women in rural areas in India, commercial aspects are not fully exploited. As popularity grows, it can follow similar commercial business models by established target schools.
Considering the new interested country in India for Madhubani paintings, there is the art house in the state of Bihar that arrives village artists to mass-produce Madhubani paintings. In this business model, promotion of the art house, rather than an individual artist, takes precedence. These art houses are collectively responsible for the growing interest in this ethnic art form.
Some future changes in how Madhubani paintings are marked and sold include the use of online budgets and websites to sell these paintings. Individual painters will be promoted both online and through exhibitions. Since these paintings are mass-produced, expect to see more of them at Indian cultural fairs, Indian ethnic craft shops, tourist destinations etc.