To Poori with Love

A madhubani painting – ‘Tree of Life’ a.k.a. ‘Karpaga Viruksham’… Tree of Life is one of the famous motifs of traditional Indian art that has exotic fruits, birds singing and feasting on these fruits, and a peacock dancing. This exquisite motif represents life, growth, and abundance styled in Madhubani.

Holy Matrimony

Ram Sita
Raghupati, Raghav, Raja Ram,
Patit paavan Sita Ram!
Sita Ram, Sita Ram,
Bhaj tu pyaare Sita Ram!
Ishvar, Allah tere naam,
Sab ko sanmati de bhagavaan!!

Mithila Paintings known as Madhubani Paintings originates from Madhubani village in Bihar, Orissa. There is a myth that these paintings were commissioned by King Janaka to mark the occasion of Sita’s wedding. These paintings were done on walls and floors to signify special occasions by women folks. The tradition is passed on from mother to daughter. There are three different styles – Kashyatha (oldest of traditions is a line drawing of scared symbols in monochrome either black or red), Brahmin (painted with vivid colors depicts scenes from Hindu mythology), and Tattoo (reflects primitive art and creates its impact by serial replication of the same image). Madhubani Paintings were brought to the attention of modern world during the drought of 1960s by the Indian Government as an alternative source of income.

I’ve tried Kashyatha style and added tinge of red to have a striking effect. This is a Kohbar (nuptial room) painting – central themes of these paintings are love and fertility usually depicting Sita’s marriage or Krishna and Radha tales. And… I thought it was simple… Small swans and peacocks made me wish a magnifying glass 🙂 It actually took backbreaking work of 3 to 6 hours for 4 nights. Madhubani Paintings might look a little clumsy and complicated at first sight; but, once you start to look into the details it has different depths of meanings that falls into the bigger picture – just like life itself. How do you like it?