My tryst with Madhubani!

Let me begin with this quote, Art takes nature as its model – Aristotle.

I have been longing for a while to get my creative self explore the surreal yet very real Madhubani/Mithila Art. Like they say some days Motivation finds you, today I let my monochromatic black and white imagination flow and take the shape of a Katchni style Madhubani Painting. Before I brief you about this art form, here is the small painting that I finished today…and I thoroughly enjoyed doing every detail, and especially since I chose my favourite Sun God as the subject.


Mithila or Madhubani Art is a very old art form originating from the Mithila region of India and Nepal, the majority of which falls within modern day Indian state of Bihar. This fascinating folk art which was traditionally done on freshly plastered mud walls and floors of huts is characterized by the use of geometric shapes and patterns to depict nature and mythology. The themes represent scenes of courtship, wedding and other folklore, and revolve around illustrating devotion, love, prosperity, fertility, valor, good luck etc in the form of specific symbols like fish, the Sun God, peacocks etc each of which has a specially associated meaning. The modern day Madhubani Paintings are being done on paper and cloth also, using colors that are plant derived and paper that is hand made. If you are an avid reader and an art enthusiast and want to know more about this specific art form, this book ‘Madhubani Painting by Upendra Thakur’ is quite a good read.

What captivated me about this art form was the remarkable usage of elements in nature to depict life events stating that nature and man are inseperable. The striking and distinctive style involving geometric patterns for detailing makes it easy to read these paintings. Be it the monochromatic black and white line work called the Katchni style or the Bharni style where subjects are filled with vibrant solid colors or the less detailed Godhna style where figures appear in symmetry and concentric, Madhubani paintings are sure to leave you in awe-inspiration, and like Leonardo da Vinci said “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”.

And, I end my small write-up on Madhubani Paintings leaving it all to your art hungry soul to research more about this fascinating art form and if possible encourage. Have a wonderful day readers, and painters. 🙂

2 thoughts on “My tryst with Madhubani!

  1. RamamohanGB

    the compund word ‘MadhuBani” with two aparts is in itself an intoxicating composition of words amalagamated to create in the human- multiple emotions and make his gray cells fertile and creative .The word madhu means sweet.which itself cannot be described by any physical substance like sugar to sugarcane and Date Honey .or any sybthetic sugar free poisons sold these days nor even the homeopathy base globules .only a honey bee knows its swaadh.the second part is “VANI” which literally means voice NAAD the primary sound of iniverse like the OM .as sweet as Madhu .whenn cobimed these two into the complex mind art of creative black and white contrasts and brilliant aparkling nature’s cl,yes hand amade all from nature as the AUTHORess? has very intellectually woven ithe fabric into a three dimensional
    art and evoked the readers nth dimension of emotions .
    Mythili assocaited with Mithila the ramayana age .it is ma Sita mythili born in Mithila who perahaps used her rangolis and inspired ,captivated SreeRama;s heart and wedded to t him . . a brilliant stimulating and personally intoxicating subject of ART I was a pipaasini of the “KALAGAYATRI” and it si a blissful memoir of all the shivas gayatris who were then and now this way aset of creative artist dear to my heart /congratulations author (authors are beyond gender ) OM


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