Mithila Painting (Madhubani Art) – Creativity reinvented


Creativity has no barriers and artwork is always fuelled by innovation and creativity. While my earlier article gave a background on Mithila painting (also known as Madhubani paintings or Madhubani art), this article would explore the creative extents of this popular form of art of Mithila region of Bihar and Terai region of Nepal. This art has already been admired by the art lovers and followers and now the art fraternity has started to show greater interest in various facets of this art form.

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Mithila Painting- The new era

In its niche form, Mithila painting amuses art lovers in almost all parts of the world especially USA, UK, Russia and most of Asia. The art from is not limited to walls, clothes or papers but innovation is finding greater place in the art work. Madhubani art can now be found on potteries, textiles, wall hangings, cutleries, fashion apparel, posters and so on. A lot of online portals now promote Mithila paintings across the globe.

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More and more painters from remote corners of Bihar and Nepal are being roped in and with the greater use of technology, machines and training this form of art is evolving. Rural touch is retained to keep the originality but fusion is also becoming popular day by day. This reasserts the fact that art lovers appreciate creativity which can assume any form and innovation which involves mostly natural dyes and colour is enthralling art lovers globally. The art which was performed mainly on cotton, houses, walls, potteries, clothes etc evolved with paintings on paper. Artists like Sita Devi and Ganga Devi were recognized internationally for their great contribution in adding to the creativity in ever evolving mithila painting.

Related article- Mithila painting – Introduction and importance

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Madhubani painting which traditionally included images of deities from Hindu epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata are now also mixed with contemporary art forms. Artists are using their imagination to relate past with present and the innovations seem to have given fresh blood to this art which was getting limited geographical coverage till recently. Hindu mythology mapped with modernity using contemporary art tools has helped Mithila painting resurrect from its basic form to reach new geographical reaches and is on its way to achieve monumental heights.

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This Madhubani art dates back to centuries and is a part of cultural heritage of India and the revival is indeed a welcome event for art lovers across the world. All we can expect now is continuous dose of innovations and creativity in future would keep this art form of the past resuscitate like phoenix whenever there is an existence crisis. Any art form fuelled by continuous innovation is immortal and Mithila painting has been proving the same over centuries.

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Madhubani (or Mithila Painting) Painting, as a domestic ritual activity, was unknown to the outside world until the massive Bihar earthquake of 1934 and has now grabbed eyeballs of the keen art followers.

Related article-Mithila painting – A brief History

Mithila Painting- The phase of rejuvenation

This ethnic art form is evolving and changing colours rapidly due to continuous commercialization and training which is not to everyone’s liking. The evolution process and validation of the routes is debatable but Mithila painting as an art form seems to stand tall and will keep amusing people with its creative folk creations. Sheer innocence, ethnic beauty and scenic sobriety associated with the Madhubani paintings have prolonged its longevity and ongoing innovative techniques will ensure that the last word will never be said or heard about this art.

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  1. Anne Cutri February 19, 2015

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