Course Contents

Lesson 1 : Introduction of the Artist (Kalakar ka Parichay)

12 Mins

Lesson 2 :Introduction of the Art form (Kala ka Parichay)

12 Mins

Lesson 3 : Introduction of Materials used in Madhubani

8 Mins

Lesson 4 Artwork 1- Sun Small size: beginner friendly

45 mins

Lesson 5 Artwork 2 Elephants Small size Beginner friendly

50 Mins

Lesson 6 : Artwork 3 Tree of Life Medium difficulty

50 Mins


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Lesson 1

Lesson 1 - Let us take you to one of the most diverse cities in India, its capital New Delhi. Like millions of people, Madhubani master artist Priti Karn calls it home.

Lesson 2

Lesson 2 - Dive into the extremely fascinating history of the Madhubani art form from Bihar. Learn about the community, mythology and exceptionality of how this art form made its place in the world.

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Lesson 3

Lesson 3 - Know about everything that you will need to create a Madhubani painting. You will be able to recreate this ancient art with widely-available and familiar materials.

Lesson 4

Lesson 4 - Artwork 1: Prepare your supplies as we dive into making our first artwork. These are established motifs in the art form, and simple to learn.

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Lesson 5

Lesson 5 - Artwork 2: Level up! With this second artwork, we will learn more intricate patterns in animal figures.

Lesson 6

Lesson 6 - Artwork 3: In the last lesson, we will be making a Tree of Life using all the knowledge we have learnt.v

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If you wish to purchase traditional madhubani colours and nib, you can buy this here (Materials price is additional and not already included in the masterclass price. The materials class also includes information and links about the materials and where else you can source it if you prefer). You can also post your questions and queries in the discussions forum of the masterclass to get responses from the community or the artist.


Priti Karn

Priti Karn is an award winning Madhubani artist from the Darbhanga district in Bihar in India and has been painting for the last 30 years. She has taught workshops across India in Madhubani Art, Godhana Art, Paper Mache as well as in making natural colours. She has won the State award for her beautiful work and has exhibited in galleries across India. She is a third generation Madhubani artist and has learnt Madhubani art from her grandmother , Padmashri awardee (India’s highest civilian award) Godawari Dutta.

Art Form



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.

Customer Reviews


Masterclasses are complete pre-recorded courses of 7-8 parts that have been researched and recorded by us at the Master artists homes. LIVE workshops happen in real time over zoom along with the Master Artist and a small like-minded group. Live workshops have different levels. We only have a few Masterclasses right now - Lippan art from Kutch and Pichwai art from Nathdwara, Rajasthan and are producing and adding more every month. While we cover more than 60 heritage art and craft forms in our live workshops already.

You could attend a beginner friendly live workshop (or even a masterclass if its Lippan or Pichwai you are interested in) and then join the foundations or advanced LIVE workshops. The different levels for the LIVE workshops are- Beginner, Foundations and Advanced.

Materials are not included in the masterclasses but you can order from our list of authentic art kits and materials in addition to the masterclass. For the live workshops, materials are included in some of the live workshops as part of the workshop and it would be mentioned in the workshop description.

Beginner Friendly- These are usually 1-2 classes of 2 hours each and one of the simpler artworks and motifs of that art style are covered in the beginner friendly workshops as an introduction to that art form.
Foundations- In the foundations live workshops, the workshops are structured to teach you the basic motifs and foundations of that art style , the focus is not on completing a painting but the elements taught in each class are incorporated in a painting and a few different compositions are also taught
Advanced- in the Advanced live workshop, usually the focus is on completing a more elaborate and intricate painting - no basic motifs are covered in the advanced workshops.
Masterclass-A masterclass is structured as 7-8 pre-recorded classes covering introduction of the artform, introduction of the artist, introduction of the different traditional materials used in that art and then 3 artworks are usually taught ranging from beginner to intermediate.

Yes, going forward, our platform will automatically award you a certificate on behalf of MeMeraki for completing a workshop with us and being a patron of the arts. This will be accessible via the ‘My Workshops’ section under each workshop that you have attended after Nov 2021.

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