Urmila Devi is a state awardee specialising in Mithila or Madhubani Godna painting whose work has been collected by buyers from around the world. She has an experience of more than 45 years and paints on both handmade paper and canvas.
Godna is the tattoo art tradition, inspired by body painting that is mainly made by Dalit (lowest caste in the traditional Indian caste system) artists, as they were not allowed to symbolize deities. Mainly using black paint, the paintings reflect primitive art by creating replications of the same image. Previously, the artists found inspiration from flora and fauna but now they do illustrations on Hindu epics and mythologies. Influenced by the higher caste Mithila painters, the Dalit artists now also user a wider colour palette. This style is easily recognizable by its sepia background that is attained through applying cow dung diluted water on paper.