Sohrai painting by Rukmani Devi

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Dimensions : H-11.7 W-16.5 inches
Medium : Natural Colors on Handmade Paper

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Rukmani Devi is a Prajapati artist is the pottery making clan who continues the distinctive traditions of Prajapati Khovar painting learnt from her mother and mother-in-law. A distinctive stylist, Rukmani is particularly known for her luminous tree of life paintings and murals. She was one of the four tribal women artists selected from Tribal Women Artists’ Cooperative to visit Australia for a month at the invitation of the Australian Museum to display her talents in a working exhibition at the Djamu Gallery, Sydney in creating several large murals on board of 6’x12feet size and permanent ground alpana, which works have been stored in the collection of the Australian Museum, Sydney, while her “Tree of Life With Mandala” is exhibited in the Central Foyer of the Brisbane art Gallery in Queensland, Australia.



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  • Sohrai Painting by Rukmani Devi
  • Painting on handmade paper using natural colours made by the artist
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Prajapati artist Rukmani Devi is a member of the pottery crafting community, she preserves the Prajapati Khovar painting traditions that her mother and mother-in-law passed down to her. Rukmani's unique style is best recognised in her brilliant tree of life paintings and murals. Rukmani Devi is a Prajapati artist from the pottery crafting clan who preserves the particular Prajapati Khovar painting traditions passed down through her mother and mother-in-law. A distinctive stylist, Rukmani is particularly known for her luminous tree of life paintings and murals. At the invitation of the Australian Museum, she was selected as one of four tribal women artists who visited Australia for a month. As part of her exhibition at the Djamu Gallery, Sydney, she displayed her skills in creating large murals on board of 6' x 12’, as well as permanent ground alpana. A sample of her work can be found in the Australian Museum, Sydney, and her 'Tree of Life with Mandala' is on display at the Brisbane Art Gallery in Queensland, Australia.


Sohrai craft is an ancient and intricate art form originating from the tribal regions of Jharkhand and Bihar in India. This traditional craft is deeply rooted in the cultural heritage of the indigenous communities, reflecting their close connection to nature and their vibrant folklore. This craft is closely associated with the Sohrai festival, a harvest festival celebrated with great fervor in the region. During this festival, villagers adorn their homes with vibrant Sohrai paintings, depicting scenes from nature, folklore, and everyday life. Legend and Mythology Legend has it that Sohrai art originated as a form of worship for the gods and goddesses of nature. According to local folklore, the intricate motifs and symbols used in Sohrai paintings are believed to invoke blessings for a bountiful harvest and prosperity. Based on Santhali legend, in ancient times, Jaher ayo (goddess of the forest) and Marang Buru (god of the mountains) along with the Santhal’s elder sister would climb down to earth to meet their brothers. Precisely during this time harvest festival would be celebrated and their homes would be decorated with Sohrai art. Technique and Materials Sohrai paintings are characterized by their designs, bold colors, and geometric patterns. Craftsmen use natural resources like clay mixed with various colors of mud such as Kali Mitti, Laal Mitti, and Pili Mitti to come up with various colors like brown, red, and yellow. The women coat the walls of their homes with a layer of white mud, and while the white layer is still wet, they draw with their fingertips or with broken pieces of combs or with chewed saal wood tooth-sticks (datwan). The designs are also painted using cloth swabs daubed in different earth colors. Mostly, Sohrai artists are spontaneous in their drawings. Themes and Details Sohrai art often depicts scenes from rural life, wildlife, and mythology. Common motifs include animals such as elephants, peacocks, and snakes, as well as symbols of fertility such as trees, flowers, and birds. The paintings are characterized by their rhythmic patterns, with geometric shapes intertwining to form mesmerizing compositions. Each element in a Sohrai painting is imbued with symbolism, reflecting the cultural beliefs and spiritual worldviews of the indigenous communities. In Sohrai art, the red line is drawn first as it represents the ‘blood of the ancestors’, procreation, and fertility. The next line is black which signifies eternal dead stone and a mark of the God, Shiva. The next all-encompassing outer lines stand in their traditional values of protection, fidelity, and chastity. The white is painted with the last year’s rice, ground with milk into gruel, this represents food.

Product Details

Sohrai painting by Rukmani Devi
Rukmani Devi
Art Style
Natural Colors
11.7 in(H) X 16.5 in(W)
People, Musical
Brown, Yellow, Blue, Black
Country of Origin
Jharkhand, India

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