Madhubani Arts - History - Introduction

[This piece of article is provided by Ms. SONAM DHINGRA who is a prominent art teacher at City Vocational Public School, Meerut, by profession and an artist herself. She has done in-depth research on indian arts and crafts.]


Madhubani paintings are two-dimensional and linear works having mostly sacred but secular themes. Madhubani paintings of India also esteem the sun and moon and treat them as subjects of holiness.


Some exceptionally delightful Madhubani paintings are those of the figurative and the secular types. Although less plentiful than the religious paintings, they are unrivalled in artlessness and elegance. The beauty of the Madhubani paintings is the exploration of the relationship between nature, culture and human psyche and the use of raw material that is available to them.Madhubani paintings were traditionally made to bless the married couple and the main theme of these paintings usually revolves around love and fertility. The symbols of fertility and prosperity include sun, moon, parrot, elephant, fish, turtle, bamboo tree, lotus, etc. The colours used were bright - blue, black, deep red, light yellow, pink, lemon and green and these created the right mood and played an important role. The bright red and yellow depict energy, passion and the binding force.