Birds on a tree, Madhubani art by Ambika devi

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Size : Medium
Dimensions : H: 30 (in) | W: 22 (in)
Medium : Natural Colors on Handmade Paper

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This Madhubani artwork by Ambika Devi, painted using bold black stokes with hints of red, depicts large circular flowers which represent fertility, growth and vitality of nature as well as the eternal circle of birth and death. They inherit sacred qualities and represent natures life and nurturing force by way of the tree giving large flowers. Circular flowers like Marigold are often given for offering by the people of the Mithila region in Bihar, from where the Madhubani art originates and also symbolizes worship and the presence of worship. These circular flowers are also worn as adornments by women. The presence of birds in the painting also symbolizes the celebration of life and are a proof of the existence of a rich, well-balanced nature. Birds also connote the presence of spirituality as birds are believed to be the messengers of God as they soar high to communicate with divine powers. Almost, monochromatic with little splashes of red, the painting portrays unity and balance not only in nature but in the picture as well. The colour red is also symbolic to the celebration of love, life, and passion. On one hand the root of the trees and the birds grounded near the bark of tree and on another hand the branches of the tree reaching out to heaving as well as the birds perched on the branches of the tree, signify the connection between Earth and sky.

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Ambika Devi

Step into the enchanting world of Ambika Devi, a celebrated Madhubani artist from Rashidpur, Bihar. With a passion ignited at the tender age of 12 under her mother's guidance, she continues the centuries-old tradition within the modern confines of her home. Ambika's artistic prowess shines through her mastery of 'Line Work,' a captivating facet of Madhubani Painting characterized by a mesmerizing dance of only two colors - red and black. While her canvas extends to walls and vibrant palettes, her heart beats for the intricate and laboriously rewarding world of line work. Her artistry isn't confined to Bihar; it's a bridge to the world, as evidenced by her participation in 'Kala Sangam,' where she met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and garnered acclaim for her fearless journey to Singapore. Even during the pandemic, her Madhubani art graced leading newspapers, including The Hindu, BBC, and Mint, as well as the CDC website, capturing the essence of the times. To crown her achievements, she proudly holds the National Award in 2009. Join Ambika on a colorful voyage where tradition meets innovation, and every line tells a story waiting to enchant your senses.

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MADHUBANI- THE SWEET & VIBRANT FOREST OF HONEY   Nestled on the India-Nepal border is the small region of Mithila with a rich and vibrant folk history. The women sit with papers stretched out and their paint bottles opened- filled with natural colours made from flowers, fruits and roots, a handmade paintbrush just about to put the first brushstroke on the surface. Mithila paintings are an expression of a woman’s joys, sorrows, her stories, beliefs, songs and routine, all encompassed in a canvas with splendid colors, motifs and symbolisms. Also known as Madhubani paintings, the art form gets its name from the village of Madhubani (‘the forest of honey’ Madhu meaning Honey and Bani as the forest) in Bihar where the tradition of decorating walls and floors of homes and important locations in the village were a norm since ancient times. Said to be the capital city of the Kingdom of Janakpur in the epic Ramayana, King Janaka ordered his kingdom to decorate the town of Mithila for the wedding of his daughter, Sita, to Lord Rama. Resplendent with rich imagery of wedding scenes, nature inspired motifs like fish, peacocks, and the tree of life as symbols of prosperity, fertility, and good luck for the couple, the art form depicts the cultural mosaic of India and the intimate relationship between humans and nature. Madhubani paintings are also a significant symbol of women’s empowerment and societal equality in modern India! Mithila painting, as a domestic ritual activity, was unknown to the outside world until the massive earthquake on India-Nepal border in 1934 when the houses and walls tumbled down and the paintings were discovered and published to the world. The global appreciation of the art form prepared the stage for its rise to the popularity it enjoys today. In the 1960s the region saw a dreadful drought when women of the village from across castes were encouraged to transfer their paintings onto paper and sell them to earn additional income. Mithila Paintings are symbolic of India’s ancient mythology, rich culture and the spirit of life itself, which brings new hopes in even the most torrid times. With vibrant colors, and abstract, symbolic figures, Madhubani today is celebrated world over as one of the revolutionary art forms from India.

Product Details

Birds on a tree, Madhubani art by Ambika devi
Ambika Devi
Art Style
Natural Colors
30 in(H) X 22 in(W)
Folk Art, Birds, Tree
Black, White, Cream
Country of Origin
Bihar, India

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