From Madhubani to Pichwai art, India has a rich repertoire of folk art. Folk painting is usually bright in its choice of colours and the themes are usually related to mythology or nature. These works are a wonderful way to showcase the art traditions of India that have survived for many centuries.
Sita’s prayer that won her Lord Ram
An Epic Of Thousand Lines... Madhubani's Ramayana By Unknown Artist
The Ramayana has many beautiful heartwarming episodes that lend themselves wonderfully well to artistic inclinations. This beautiful and colourful Madhubani painting shows Sita doing Girija Puja. After Sita had seen Lord Ram briefly, she is believed to have visited the temple of Girija Devi to seek her blessings so that he would become her husband. Every inch of this acrylic and ink on canvas is covered with design. The little touches like the bird ringing the puja bell, the mehendi on her hands and the design of her ornate jewellery are what make it so appealing.
Madhubani painting is a folk art form that originated in the Mithila region and uses complex geometrical patterns. These paintings are rich in ritual content and the colors are mostly derived from plants and other natural sources. The paintings are created using objects found commonly around them like twigs, matchsticks and even fingers.
Dots and lines create magic
Bhil Art By Bhuri Bai
Bhil art is a traditional art form that originated in Madhya Pradesh. Intricate art was created on the clay walls using neem sticks and other twigs. Natural dyes would be made using materials such as turmeric, flour, vegetables, leaves and oil. This work is by Bhuri Bhai, an internationally renowned practitioner of Bhil art. She derives her inspiration from the simple things she saw around her in her rural life, in this case a bird and squirrel engrossed in deep conversation. The colourful dots and lines used to create the bird stand in sharp contrast to the dark colouring of the squirrel.
Lord Krishna in his various forms!
Pichwai By Unknown Artist
Pichwai art was created to narrate the various tales of Krishna to the illiterate. This art form has been passed on from generation to generation and created by a community of artists from Nadthwara. This work has been created with natural stone colour on cotton and depicts cows which are associated with Lord Krishna who was a cowherd. The floral border gives the work a decorative look. The figurative style is distinct and would look great on any wall.