Thursday, January 17, 2008

My first transition

mmmm.....When I was small ....probably '97,i used to imagine i can draw well(my handwriting isnt worth mentioning!!!),to tell the absolutle truth...i drew pretty bad ...but i could shade very well hence the appeareance of a good ;) art :) .
I always used to draw cartoons (making a big fuss of how beautiful it poor parents !!! ) n still which the girl always somehow (no ..not my mistake) looked like a boy(probably the paper was not of good quality ! ).Then one day i saw a madhubani pic. on a website....I was drawn towards isn't what we would call the perfectly perfect art was more a natural drawing...vibrant colours....I wanted to try it out ..........

To your right is a painting done by me ...It is a ganesha done on hand made paper .

.A Little about the origin of madhubani paintings by Mr.Sukrith

In their earliest form, Madhubani paintings appear as aripana (floor paintings) and kohabar (wall paintings), done by the women of the Brahmin and the Kayastha castes. Painters today do it on paper. An exhibition of such paintings, titled "Mithila Paintings", was held in Kolkata from January 3 to January 12. It was curated by Neel Rekha, an art historian, whose dissertation on the women painters of Mithila titled "Art and Assertion of Identity: Women and Madhubani Paintings" is to be published shortly.
Traditionally, Madhubani paintings were made on the eve of certain rituals and ceremonies, such as pujas, vratas, or weddings. According to Neel Rekha, who has stayed with the painters and traced the roots of the folk art tradition, these paintings may have had their origins in tantric rituals. Mithila has from time immemorial been a seat of the tantric tradition, with strong leanings towards the Saiva and Sakti cults. The tradition found expression in domestic rituals, and that is perhaps why the art form was once restricted to women. But that did not stop the artists from transcending the domain of practical utility in order to create something exquisite from an aesthetic point of view.


Preethi said...

hmm.. so you were a madhubani artist even before you realised it.. wow!! :)

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