A true reflection of Exotic India – Madhubani Painting


There are many ways in which we can showcase our creativity. But the ancient people had very few ones, one of them being painting. People of different regions devised different forms of paintings. The Madhubani art form originated from the Mithila region of Bihar, India. It is also called as Mithila painting.

Madhubani art was created by the women of various communities. The uniqueness of this art form is the geometric patterns, which are truly eye-catching. For this painting, you can not only use the brushes, but also other instruments like twigs, nib-pens, fingers, matchsticks etc. mostly the scenes depicted in these paintings are men and their association with nature, deities and scenes from the ancient epics etc.

There are some things unique to Madhubani painting. No empty space is left in these paintings; it is filled with animals, flowers, birds, geometric designs, religious plants etc. thus, the complete painting is filled with some or the other thing. There are 5 distinct styles of painting in Madhubani. They are, tantric, katchni, godna, bharani and gohbar.

This art form has received National and International recognition. The skills of this art have been passed on through centuries and more or less the style and content have remained the same. Because of this, Madhubani art has got the coveted Geographical Indication status. Hence, it can be called as a true reflection of exotic India.

Because of these Madhubani paintings, the scenes from the ancient epics, weddings and royal courts have been preserved efficiently; something which other art forms have hardly been able to do. Although Madhubani painting is not as declining as the other art forms, still, the coming generations must learn and master this beautiful painting style which completely fulfils our creativity and satisfaction.

Hope this article enlightened you. We at Penkraft look forward to your valuable feedback. Penkraft is an organisation dedicated to teaching many art and painting forms, including Madhubani Painting, calligraphy, abacus classes etc.; and work for women empowerment.