Ganesha Madhubani Painting By Ambika Devi

The story of Lord Ganesha obtaining an elephant head is a well known story. The origins and details of the story change slightly in different regions of India. Perhaps, the most well-known version of the story originates from the Siva Purana, wherein we see that Maa Parvati wants to take bath and with attendants present to guard her, she creates the image of a boy from turmeric paste, uses divine magic and infuses life into it. Thus, Ganesh is born. She  instructs him to not let anyone inside & Ganesh follows orders strictly. Upon the arrival of Shiva and unaware of the creation of Ganesha by Parvati, he is infuriated when is stopped by a mere boy from entering inside his home. A fierce battle ensues which causes Ganesha to be beheaded. On seeing this, Maa Parvati demands Shiva to restore Ganesha back to life. All attempts go in vain. As Shiva approached Brahma, he was advised to replace Ganesha’s head with the first living creature facing north. That is how Ganesh got his head.

Ambika Devi is a celebrated Madhubani artist from Rashidpur, Bihar. She learnt the tradition of Madhubani painting from her mother at the tender age of 12. In a modern world, her family carefully continued the centuries old tradition inside the walls of their home. She is known for her ‘Line Work’ in Madhubani Painting, a type of fine intricate work that consists of only two colours - red and black. While she works with other colours and paints on walls and canvases, she prefers the sophisticated and laborious rewards of line work. 

Achievements:

In 2018, she attended ‘Kala Sangam’, an event that promotes cultural ties between India and Singapore. At the event, she met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi who purchased her work and appreciated her courage to come alone all the way from Bihar to Singapore. 

Her Madhubani work on the pandemic has been published in leading newspapers, like The Hindu, BBC, and Mint including an article on the CDC website and won the National Award in 2009

 DETAILS

  • Size: 22 by 7.5 inch
  • Price is for unframed painting and painting would be sent without a frame.
  • Handpainted in Madhubani art style on handmade paper.
  • Painted with natural colours made by the artist
  • The image shown here is representative to help visualize the painting in a home setting and not an actual framed image.
  • COD cannot be accepted as a payment option for paintings
  • This painting will be made to order and will take 3-4 weeks
  • Certificate of Authentication will be provided
  • Please write to us at yosha.gupta@memeraki.com for any customisation in size or ping us on the website chat

• The image shown here is representative to help visualize the painting in a home setting. Price specified is for unframed painting and the painting would be sent without a frame unless specified otherwise in the description.
• All paintings are mostly made to order and take 2-3 weeks
• COD cannot be accepted as a payment option for paintings
• Certificate of Authentication will be provided
• Please write to us at yosha.gupta@memeraki.com for any customisation in size or ping us on the website chat


Artist


Ambika Devi

Ambika Devi is a celebrated Madhubani artist from Rashidpur, Bihar. She learnt the tradition of Madhubani painting from her mother at the tender age of 12. In a modern world, her family carefully continued the centuries old tradition inside the walls of their home. She is known for her ‘Line Work’ in Madhubani Painting, a type of fine intricate work that consists of only two colours - red and black. While she works with other colours and paints on walls and canvases, she prefers the sophisticated and laborious rewards of line work.

Achievements:

In 2018, she attended ‘Kala Sangam’, an event that promotes cultural ties between India and Singapore. At the event, she met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi who purchased her work and appreciated her courage to come alone all the way from Bihar to Singapore.

Her Madhubani work on the pandemic has been published in leading newspapers, like The Hindu, BBC, and Mint including an article on the CDC website and won the National Award in 2009

Art Form

Madhubani

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.




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