A closer look on the traditional Madhubani or Mithila artform



2018-09-07 12:20:46

It is a known fact that India is a country with diversified culture. There are different varieties of art forms that are not only limited to dance, music; but also extend to the field of painting. Artists from different parts of India come up with different art-forms in the form of Art Deco drawings, Folk drawings, etc. due to which Indian art form in the form of Paintings has become an integral part of our culture. The challenge in finding genuine paintings that would show the real beauty of Indian art is not only difficult, but options are also limited. This is where a platform like a gallerist.in is trying to bridge the gap between artists and art lovers/art collectors. It has an extensive collection of more than 15,000+ original paintings and drawings from trusted & verified artists that are registered with the platform.

Madhubani Painting

Madhubani Painting

Art for an art collector is more about passion than possession since they have the knack to look into the minutest detail in the art form, whether it is paintings, drawings, etc. When we talk about traditional Indian art form, one form that comes to our minds is Madhubani painting. So, let’s take an in-depth look into Madhubani painting or Mithila painting.


Madhubani: Origin, Style & more


Origin - Madhubani or Mithila painting is a traditional style developed in the Mithila region around Madhubani, Bihar and in Nepal. Madhubani paintings are created with fingers, twigs, brushes, nib-pens, and matchsticks, using natural dyes and pigments. The main attraction of the Madhubani painting is that each painting has a beautiful amalgamation of geometrical patterns, animal, & bird motifs, etc. It was earlier done only by women since they wanted to establish their connection with God, but with changing times, even men are involved with Madhubani paintings.


Style - Madhubani art has five distinct styles: Godna, Bharni, Katchni, Tantrik, and Kohbar. The basic style and substance of Madhubani paintings are still maintained and the skills have been passed to the next generation of artists. Madhubani paintings mostly depicted Gods  & Goddesses like Krishna, Rama, Shiva, Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Sun, Moon, etc.


Traditionally, Madhubani painting was made on freshly plastered mud walls and floors of huts, but for commercial purposes, Madhubani Painting design is done on paper, cloth etc. These paintings are made from a paste of powdered rice. There are no gaps left in the Madhubani painting as the gaps are filled by paintings of flowers, birds, etc.


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