Madhubani Painting workshop

Madhubani Painting workshop


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MADHUBANI PAINTING WORKSHOPS by master artisan Vidyanath Jha and Krishna Kumar Jha from Madhubani, Bihar
Fee: Online ₹1200
The venue details: Fri, 27th Oct, 11 AM - 2 PM - LaMakaan, Off Road No. 1, BANJARA HILLS


Born in 1947, Vidyanath Jha is one of the most famous Madhubani painters. He learned painting from his elder sister Bachcho Devi. Other women members of his family also used to paint. He practices Godhna and Tantrik style of painting. He was a Guru in NABARD’s training initiative. He has also trained SHG members on Madhubani painting. He has visited Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Surat to showcase his paintings in exhibitions and fairs. His son Krishna Kumar Jha is a state awardee in Kalanand Art Contest of Prafulla Dahanukar Art Foundation in 2016.. Krishna Kumar Jha had also taken part in the Piramal art residency where he was honored to showcase his work.

Madhubani literally means forests of honey. Its main feature is the line drawings filled in by bright colours which have high contrasts and very intricate details and patterns. Madubhani painting was mainly done by the women of the region within the courtyard of the house (freshly plastered or mud walls). The art of Madhubani painting is said to have been continuing from time immemorial. History says that during the marriage of Sita with Ram at Janakpur the entire house was decorated with various paintings. At that time it was known as Maitihili painting. Later as it became more widespread in Madhubani it became more popular as Madhubani painting. Traditionally the women of the village used to make these paintings on the wall and floor of their houses. But the painting was mostly done during different social events like marriage, sacred thread ceremony of the Brahmins, birth et al. Madhubani paintings reflect aesthetic tastes, religious leanings, love for natural phenomenon, affection for the feminine beauty, divinity, and also the panoramic view of the day to day life of the people. The themes and motifs of Madhubani are rooted in Hindu mythology & epics, religious rituals and local flora and fauna. 

Method: Painting Process and styles

The first choice any artist makes is the subject of the painting, no matter what the material - paper or fabric. Once that is decided and sketched out roughly with pencil, the shapes and figures are outlined with black paint using nib-pens (brush, in case of fabric). Then these are filled with natural dyes and pigments (now being replaced by fabric colorsfor their longevity) using brushes, twigs and fingers. Generally no space is left empty; the gaps are filled with flowers, animals, birds and even geometric designs.
Painting is done on art paper. The paper rolls are straightened by rolling in the opposite direction and then treated with a solution of cow-dung and water. Cow dung is first dissolved in water in a bucket and the mixture is then filtered through a piece of cotton cloth. The filtered water is light brown in colour and the artist makes sure that there are no solid remaining. A fresh piece of cloth or cotton or painting brush is then soaked in the filtered water and applied evenly on the paper. Thereafter the soaked paper is dried in the sun and it becomes light yellowish in colour. The journey from an empty piece of paper, to the rich detailed painting is long. It involves various steps of preparing the handmade paper, collecting the ingridients for the natural colours and last but not least the lines.

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