Sunday, September 29, 2013

Madhubani Art( Mithila Art) -Art from an ancient city

Madhubani  (painting) art form originated from ancient Indian city Mithila.
This was originated as wall art, means paintings were drawn by the women of Mithila to decorate walls of the houses. Nowadays these are practised on silk, cotton and handmade papers. Colors are natural colors.This is painted with fingers, twine brush, nib pen, match sticks etc.
The motifs normally used in Madhubani paintings are mythological figures, Rama, Sita, Krishna, Radha etc. The motifs are also influenced by nature, so include Lotus, flowers, fish ,snakes etc.
I would love to visit Mithila once to meet the artists there. Recently I could meet a Madhubani artist in a art exhibition. Captured the images of the paintings, to share with you.
Some are here:
This one has painting of Rama , Sita and Laxmana  in forest. So the motifs of peacock , Sun and Deer can be seen there.

This is painting of Hindu God Ganesha:
 Some more paintings:
 A beautiful girl:
 The Sun:

And again my favorite peacock design :

The prominent features of  this painting are bright colors and minute black lines to highlight the design. This painting is made only in black color:
And the artist here:
Now Madhubani painting is done on clothes also. Blend of colors like Orange, Red,Green, Yellow , Blue etc highlighted with fine lines in Black color makes the painting really lively. 
 You can read about Madhubani art here
 With this painting, I'm adding one more section to my blog: Crafts of India, where I will be sharing about different crafts of Incredible  India.

Love , laugh and live the life to the fullest,


  1. Love to laugh, love to live and equally
    live to laugh , live to love all that is around us so beautiful so enchanting

    your craft work is really heartening.

    subbu rathinam.

  2. Lovely paintings! Indian art is really amazing in terms of different folk styles and you have picked one of my favourite one. Thanks for this lovely blog post.

    1. Thank you. I just adore all the forms of Indian arts. This is one of my favorites too!

  3. Beautiful paintings...I have a tussar-sari with madhubani drawn along the borders...lovely!

    1. Yes, Nowadays Madhubani is used in fashion designing too. Even I wish to have one such saree in my collection. Lucky you have that.
      Thanks for your comment.

  4. These are paintings that needs to be preserved as days goes. Filled with patterens and colours

    1. Yes, you are right Uma. Thanks for visiting my blog.


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