Patna: Madhubani paintings have become an almost inalienable part of living rooms, corporate and government offices, restaurants etc, ensuring that they are embedded in the psyche of urban residents also. In a bid to give further boost to this Mithila art, and especially promote its traditional form of ‘bhitti chitra (wall paintings)’, the Upendra Maharathi Shilpa Anusandhan Kendra, with the support of state industries department, has organized a four-day Mithila Mahotsav on the institute’s premises.
Altogether 100 reputed artists of Mithila paintings, including three Padma awardees, have converged at the institute for the Mahotsav, where they are engrossed in making wall paintings. Most of them hail from Jitwarpur in Madhubadi district.
Doyens of Madhubani painting like Karpoori Devi, Godavari Dutt, Baua Devi, Heera Devi, Shanti Devi, Raj Kumar Lal and others are depicting their imagination with zeal. “Age has failed to deter their creative spirit. Karpoori Devi (95), having a pacemaker, Godavari Devi, approaching 90, and Baua Devi, in 70s, are here to encourage the younger generation which has taken up this art,” said Sinha.
Inaugurating the Mahotsav, chief secretary Anjani Kumar Singh said the state government is making an all-out effort to promote Madhubani paintings and its artists. While these paintings have been showcased in Tokyo museum, British Library in London, Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and other world-famous art galleries, they need to be showcased everywhere in the state also.
“Traditionally drawn upon walls and symbolically evoking religious figures, the art form has evolved with what might be called the internationalization of Mithila art. Mithila paintings are these days not limited to adorning walls and telling cultural stories, but are recognized the world over as a form of contemporary folk,” said Singh.