Madhubani - Traditional Indian Art Workshop for Beginners
Madhubani painting is one of the many famous Indian art forms. As it is practiced in the Mithila region of Bihar and Nepal, it is called Mithila or Madhubani art. Often characterized by complex geometrical patterns, these paintings are known for representing ritual content for particular occasions, including festivals, religious rituals, etc.
The colors used in Madhubani paintings are usually derived from plants and other natural sources. These colors are often bright and pigments like lampblack and ochre are used to create black and brown respectively. Instead of contemporary brushes, objects like twigs, matchsticks, and even fingers are used to create the paintings.
These paintings are also known for their simplicity, for the brush and colors used are often derived from natural sources. While the paintings are largely made using powdered rice, colors derived from turmeric, pollen, pigments, indigo, various flowers, sandalwood, and leaves of various plants and trees, etc. Also, many natural sources are combined and are processed to obtain the desired colors.
Some of the initial references to the Madhubani painting can be found in the Hindu epic Ramayana when King Janaka, Sita’s father, asks his painters to create Madhubani paintings for his daughter’s wedding. The knowledge was passed down from generation to generation and the paintings began to adorn the houses of the region.
The women of the village practiced these paintings on the walls of their respective homes. Their paintings often illustrated their thoughts, hopes, and dreams. The traditional base of plastered mud wall was soon replaced by handmade paper, cloth, and canvas. Since the paintings have been confined to a limited geographical range, the themes, as well as the style, are more or less, the same.
Style & Designs
Madhubani paintings were initially practiced by different sects of people and hence the paintings were categorized into five different styles, such as Tantrik, Kohbar, Bharni, Godna, Katchni. But today, these five different styles have been merged by contemporary artists. The themes used in these paintings often revolve around Hindu deities like Krishna, Rama, Lakshmi, Shiva, Durga, and Saraswati. Also, heavenly bodies like the Sun and the Moon often form the centerpiece of Madhubani paintings.
It will be a guided session, so you need not have any prior experience in painting.
What do you learn?
What is Madhubani?
Its origin and natural process.
Understanding the geometric patterns and creating your own Madhubani designs.
You will be working on the final piece of Madhubani art.
Take away: Your final Madhubani design on the A4 canvas board.
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