The Sitar Player in Mahdhubani by Izhar Ansari

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Dimensions : H: 8.3 (in) | W: 11.7 (in)
Medium : Acrylic Colors on Paper

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In Izhar Ansari's contemporary Madhubani painting titled "The Sitar Player" traditional art meets modern expression in a captivating fusion of culture and creativity. Ansari intricately depicts a sitar player amidst a backdrop of intricate Madhubani motifs, seamlessly blending the ancient art form with contemporary themes. The sitar player, rendered with delicate brushwork and vibrant colors, exudes a sense of rhythm and melody that resonates with viewers, transporting them into the heart of Indian musical tradition.
What makes Ansari's interpretation particularly compelling is his ability to infuse the traditional Madhubani style with a fresh perspective. Through his contemporary take on the sitar player, he not only pays homage to the rich cultural heritage of India but also breathes new life into the age-old art form. By incorporating modern elements while staying true to the essence of Madhubani, Ansari creates a piece that appeals to both traditionalists and contemporary art enthusiasts alike. "The Sitar Player" stands as a testament to Ansari's innovative approach to Madhubani painting, showcasing the timeless beauty and enduring relevance of this ancient art form in today's world.

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Izhar Ansari, a Madhubani artist from Kusinagar, Uttar Pradesh, has been steadfastly practicing his craft since childhood. Despite his dedication and talent, he faces significant challenges in promoting and selling his artwork, primarily due to societal biases and misconceptions regarding the compatibility of his Muslim background with the traditional art form. Despite these hurdles, Izhar remains resolute in his pursuit, aiming to use his art as a medium for societal change and to challenge preconceived notions about religion and art.

Educated at Rashtriye Intermediate College and Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gorakhpur University, Izhar's artistic journey has been marked by local recognition, including winning prizes at exhibitions. Yet, his aspirations extend beyond regional acclaim, with a desire to showcase his work on a broader scale and to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of Madhubani art. Despite facing resistance and skepticism, Izhar's passion for his craft drives him to continue creating and sharing his unique perspective with the world, hopeful that his art can catalyze shifting societal perceptions and foster inclusivity within the artistic community.


Madhubani art/ Mithila art (the term ‘Madhubani’ translates to ‘forest of honey’) originating from the Mithila region of Bihar, India is a traditional art form celebrated for its beautiful patterns, vibrant colors, and rich cultural significance. Traditionally, these paintings were executed by women on the walls and floors of homes during festivals, weddings, and religious ceremonies. The paintings depict subjects based on Hindu mythology, nature, folklore, and everyday life. Overall, Madhubani art is the creative representation of all the motifs, colors, and forms found in the vicinity and incorporates a blend of history, tradition, and mythology. Legend There are various legends associated with Madhubani art. However, one of the popular beliefs states that King Janak (Father of Sita mentioned in Ramayana) commissioned craftsmen to decorate the state to celebrate her daughter’s wedding with lord Rama. Hence, establishing the tradition of Madhubani art in the region. Tradition and Technique Madhubani artists use natural pigments derived from plants, flowers, and minerals to create the art. Traditionally they hand-painted the designs using bamboo sticks or twigs; however, brushes are generally in use these days. The common motifs used in the composition include geometric shapes, floral designs, peacocks, fish, elephants, and scenes from Hindu epics. Each motif carries its own symbolism, often representing fertility, prosperity, love, and harmony. In the 1960s, a severe drought prompted the Indian government to support local artisans which gained international recognition for Madhubani art. Since then, Madhubani art has evolved from wall and floor paintings to various mediums, including canvases, textiles, pottery, and even contemporary art installations. Manju Devi, Ganga Devi, Jagdamba Devi, and Bharti Dayal are some of the notable Madhubani artists. 

Product Details

The Sitar Player in Mahdhubani by Izhar Ansari
Izhar Ansari
Art Style
Acrylic Colors
8.3 in(H) X 11.7 in(W)
Folk Art
Red, White, Multicoloured
Country of Origin
Uttar Pradesh, India

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