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Madhubani Paintings


Madhubani paintings refers to

a       Paintings made from the paste of powdered rice
b       A hand-painted cotton textile in South India
c       A handmade drawing on bamboo handicrafts in North-East India
d       None of the above

Solution (a)

Madhubani painting/Mithila painting

·         It was traditionally created by the women of various communities in Mithila region of India and Nepal.

·         It is originated from Madhubani district of Mithila region of Bihar, and , it is popularly called Mithila painting or Madhubani painting

·         Painting is done with fingers, twigs, brushes, nib-pens, and matchsticks, using natural dyes and pigments, and is characterised by eye-catching geometrical patterns.

·         There is ritual content for particular occasions, such as birth or marriage, and festivals, such as Holi, Surya Shasti, Kali Puja, Upanayana, Durga Puja.

·         Madhubani paintings are made from the paste of powdered rice.

·         Madhubani paintings mostly depict the men & its association with nature and the scenes & deity from the ancient epics.

·         Natural objects like the sun, the moon, and religious plants like tulsi are also widely painted, along with scenes from the royal court and social events like weddings.

·         Generally no space is left empty; the gaps are filled by paintings of flowers, animals, birds, and even geometric designs

·         Madhubani art has five distinctive styles, namely, Bharni, Katchni, Tantrik, godna and kohbar.

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