Mithila Painting Analysis

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MITHILA PAINTING
N.Tondonsana Singh
Abstract
The essay of Mithila or Madhubani painting deals with the history and different stages of painting, the empowerment of women in the society. Mithila painting is an art of painting which was discovered during natural disaster earthquake of 1934 in Bihar by British colonial officer in Madhubani district. This are the famous painting on paper, cloth, readymade garments, movable object etc. The madhubani district has been acquired international recognition on painting like floor and wall painting. In late 1960s second natural disaster took place again, the women of the village around Madhubani District to transfer their wall painting to paper as an income of the family. Women of different castes
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In Mithila a woman does painting on the wall, surface, movable objects, and canvas; makes images of gods, goddesses, animals and mythological characters from the lump of clay, prepares objects such as baskets small containers, and play items from sikki grass, does embroidery on quilt – popularly known as kethari and sujani, sings varieties of ritual and work songs These artistic works are done by a lady as a routine work that makes her a complete creative personality: a singer, a sculptor, a painter, an embroidery design maker and many more. These things, knowledge and background has one to understand because without knowing these primary details one may not fully the aesthetic wonder of Mithila paintings. From many generations women of Mithila have produced a vigorous distinctive paintings and artistic works. That this traditional art has survived the innumerable vicissitudes of history is due, first of all, to the social organization of Mithila, one based on the village community, in whose corporate life the women have clearly understood …show more content…
Impressed by the region’s rich vegetation, the ancient visitors called it Madhubani -– the ‘forest of honey.’ In this mythical region, Lord Rama, the handsome prince of Ayodhya and incarnation of Vishnu, married princess Sita, born of a furrow her father King Janaka had tilled. Mithila is the land of the founders of Buddhism and Jainism, the birthplace of the scholars of all six orthodox branches of Sanskrit learning such as Yajnvalkya, Bridha Vachaspati, Ayachi Mishra, Shankar Mishra, Gautam, Kapil, Sachal Mishra, Kumaril Bhatt and Mandan Mishra. Vidyapati, the greatest Vaisnav poet of the 14th century, was born in Mithila and immortalised a new form of love songs illuminating the relationship between Radha and Krishna in the region through his Padavalis. The people rightly remember him as the reincarnation of Jaideva (Abhinavajaideva). Karnpure, a classical Sanskrit poet of Bengal, in his famous devotional epic, Parijataharanamahakavya, gives an interesting account confirming the scholarship of Mithila people. Lord Krishna, while flying over this land on the way to Dwarka from Amravati, tells his beloved Satyabhama, “O lotus eyed one behold! Yonder this is Mithila, the birthplace of Sita. Here in every house Saraswati dances with pride on the tip of the tongue of the learned.” It is a wonderful land where art and scholarship, Vedic traditions flourished together in complete harmony with no

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