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Madhubani Painting

Madhubani Painting is a rare painting style which originally was done with the use of natural colors and with the help of finely carved wood sticks and freehand. Use of lines drawing is one of the most prominent features of Madhubani Painting. The whole painting is first created by lines across the canvas and a layout is created. Then the artist fills in various shades in between the lines to give the painting its desired look. The painting style is truly folk in nature. The painting finds its place in all houses of Madhubani / Mithila region in the state of Bihar, India.

In the olden days, the paintings were done all across the mud houses to decorate the external walls of the home. Its so said that, this style of painting originated at the time of the Ramayana, when King Janak commissioned artists to do paintings at the time of marriage of his daughter, Sita, to Lord Ram. The paintings mostly depict nature and natural objects like the sun, the moon, and indigenous plants and animals. Events like births, marriages and festivals, and the themes generally revolve around Hindu deities like Krishna, Ram, Shiva, Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati.

Madhubani Painting