‘If, like a dvija, I speak Sanskrit, Sītā will think I am Rāvaṇa and be frightened.’[ii]
Thus does Hanumān think aloud in the Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa (henceforth VR): Rāvaṇa had disguised himself as a brāhmaṇa and abducted Sītā. Sugrīva’s monkeys had been sent out in all directions to search for her.…
Satghara, BIhar, October 2015
Madhubani, Bihar, November 2015
Bharti Dayal is a Madhubani artist (National Awardee) from India. In the interview she talks about the history and present status of the Mithila style of painting as well as her own art practice.
Could you please tell us about the history and origin of Mithila painting?
Madhubani Art traces…
Anand, Mulk Raj. 1984. Madhubani Painting. New Delhi: Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
Archer, William G. 1949. 'Mithila painting', Marg, 3(3), 24-33.
Brown, Carolyn Henning. 1996. ‘Contested Meanings: Tantra and the Poetics of Mithila Art', American Ethnologist, 23 (4), 717-737…
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist when we grow up.”
Nestled in the flood plains of the Ganges, the Mithila region has given rise to ancient cultures and is the birthplace of a significant body of classical arts and literature. We find the earliest…