Mithila Paintings | Madhubani Paintings | The News's goal is to create a forum for the appreciation and dissemination of the Mithila Paintings / Madhubani Paintings.Through exhibitions, publications and lectures on Mithila Paintings / Madhubani Paintings, seeks to build recognition for both Mithila Paintings / Madhubani Paintings and its artists. Sat, 27 May 2017 21:12:06 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Mithila Paintings Training Programme in Mysore The Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalay, Southern Regional Centre, Mysore, is conducting a training programme under ‘do-and-learn’ educational series on the Madhubani painting. The 15-day programme began on October 24. Renowned Madhubani artists, Mr. Ramvilas Paswan, Mrs. Urmila Devi Paswan and Mr. Shrawan Kumar Paswan of Jetwarpur, Bihar, are training about 26 people, who are evinced interest in learning this traditional work of art.]]> Latest Thu, 28 Oct 2010 11:41:17 +0000 Madhubani art legend Sita Devi dead
Madhubani art legend dead, Ambarish Dutta
Tribune News Service, Patna, December 14 2005

The legendary figure of Madhubani painting, Sita Devi, died in Madhubani yesterday. She was 92. Sita Devi was the first to bring the intricate Bharni style of Madhubani painting out of village homes and into urban drawing rooms which had fetched her the Padma Shri in 1981. She was honoured for the first time with a state award in 1969 and the national award in 1975. She was also conferred with Bihar Ratna Samman in 1984.
Born in 1914, Sita Devi’s fans included the first President, Dr Rajendra Prasad, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi, Babu Jagjivan Ram and Lalit Narayan Mishra. According to here eldest son, Ram Dev, she was regarded as mother at Jitwarpur village for her social commitment. She had encouraged about 1,000 others in the village to learn the art of Madhubani painting. According to noted intellectual, N.K. Jha, against many underdeveloped villages in the state, Jitwarpur stands as an exception — courtesy Sita Devi. The approach road to the village is paved with bricks. Even roads inside the village are metalled. It was because of Sita Devi that the village first had a primary school, which was later converted into a secondary one. Ram Dev said her mother used to stay at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi and was determined to pursue issues concerning the development of the village. “Many top political leaders used to come to my mother to see the paintings and every time she would take up some issue concerning the development of the village”, he said.
Suraj Prasad of Patna,who stays near Jitwarpur, said whatever development in and around Jitwapur area had experienced in the past, all the credit should go to Sita Devi. Ram Dev, said his mother’s dream before death was that Jitwarpur should continue to promote Madhubani paintings.
The Tribune Thursday, December 15, 2005, Chandigarh, India

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Sita Devi, photo Edouard Boubat, 1970, in L'art du Mithila by Yves Véquaud
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Museum of Craft and Folk Art Exhibition - Earns Curatoria Museum of Craft and Folk Art ExhibitionEarns Curatoria

Excellence Award From the Apple Valley Foundation


"'Mithila Painting: The Evolution of an Art Form' traces the development of traditional wall painting by women in Bihar, India from its folkloric sources to its current status as a vibrant contemporary art form," said Kate Eilertsen, Executive Director of the Museum. "Curators Malini Bakshi and David Szanton wove the story of this cultural tradition in an enlightening and compelling exhibition."

The Museum of Craft and Folk Art exhibition is one of two shows selected as outstanding from over 37 visited last year by award reviewers at over 15 museums and art galleries in San Francisco, Minneapolis, and Washington, D.C. Also honored for 2005 is The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., for the exhibition "Modigliani: Beyond the Myth," curated by Dr. Mason Klein.


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Mithila Paintings - on Palettes Reborn Worlds Retold - By John Bowles,

Celebrated abroad but little-known at home, Mithila art is inventing itself in new and astonishing ways.

 In recent years, a number of truly accomplished Mithila artists have been painting original and sometimes surprisingly innovative works which have become increasingly exhibited and recognised abroad, from Japan and the US, to South Africa, France, Australia, Germany, Mexico and even Iceland. Yet these artists remain virtually unknown within India itself. That may soon change, thanks to the appearance of a significant publication and an accompanying exhibition — “Mithila Painting, The Evolution of an Art Form” — on next year at both galleries of the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi between January 14 and 26. Those who thought that Mithila painting had irrevocably degenerated into an unoriginal souvenir-quality craft will discover that it has instead been undergoing an astonishing efflorescence — the latest in a series of ‘renaissances’ since these arts were first admired by visiting foreigners over 70 years ago.  Read Full News Article

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