"Branches of Traditions"

“I'm planting a tree to teach me to gather strength from my deepest roots.”

The tree of life is symbolic in all cultures of creation, growth, protection and nourishment. Earlier, in remote forested areas, the bridegroom offered a tree to his bride as bride price, but the shortage of trees and of land eventually led to the offering of the painted Tree of Life, signifying an eternal relationship. The Tree of Life in Madhubani painting has been, from the genesis of this art form, a powerful symbol of hope for longevity and fertility.

The spreading branches of the Tree of Life shelter a flock of birds. Exploring the co-existence of living creatures with their environment, Ranjeet Jha extends the vibrant branches of his folk traditions to you through the Madhubani rendition of the Tree of Life.

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