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Ancient Folk Arts of Mithila, Madhubani region of Bihar



Despite royal patronage, Madhubani paintings have retained their simplistic folk origins. It is a living art and visitors can see lovely murals on the clay walls of Madhubani village homes even today. My works have stayed true to the traditional themes of mythology and social customs, and my style has not deviated from the dense, arching, and bright strokes in primary colors characteristic of the art. I even fit the conventional gender role – Madhubani paintings have customarily been practiced exclusively by women. I do prefer, however, to paint on fabric rather than on clay walls, and have used both modern fabric paint and natural colors derived from flowers and vegetable dyes.

Slide Show of Sunanda’s Paintings

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