Shiv-Shakti in Madhubani by Avinash Karn

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In Avinash Karn's Madhubani masterpiece, the divine union of Shiv-Shakti unfolds with striking simplicity. Predominantly bathed in deep black and vibrant red hues, the artwork pulsates with energy. Each line intricately weaves the story of cosmic harmony, where Lord Shiva, the epitome of divine masculinity, and Shakti, the embodiment of feminine power, merge in eternal unity. The line art form accentuates the intricacy of the depiction, allowing every stroke to speak volumes. As viewers gaze upon this captivating creation, they are drawn into the profound realm of spirituality and cosmic balance, where Shiv and Shakti reign supreme.
Madhubani art is a traditional style of painting that originated in the Mithila region of India. It is characterized by intricate geometric patterns and vibrant colors depicting scenes from Hindu mythology, nature, and everyday life. The art form is deeply rooted in the culture and traditions of the region, with each painting telling a story or conveying a message. In Madhubani art, the significance of marriage is often highlighted through elaborate depictions of wedding ceremonies, rituals, and symbols representing love, unity, and prosperity. The marriage theme in Madhubani art reflects the importance of this sacred bond in the social fabric of the community.


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Avinash Karn is a distinguished Madhubani artist who was born in the village of Ranti in Madhubani, Bihar. Growing up in a family steeped in the Madhubani art tradition, he began learning the craft from his family members from a young age. His passion for this traditional art form grew over the years, and by 2014, he had started practicing it commercially. Avinash's inspiration came from renowned Madhubani artist Ganga Devi, whose work he greatly admired. He is the third generation in his family to pursue Madhubani art, making it a family legacy. He also holds a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts, with a focus on sculpture, from Banaras Hindu University.

Although he has never actively applied for awards, Avinash has gained significant recognition. He was invited to Switzerland for the Fumetto Comic Festival, held in the city of Lucerne, where his work was displayed at the airport. He also conducted workshops and had two speaking engagements during the festival. This opportunity was unplanned, as the organizers reached out to him directly, selecting him as one of three artists from India. Besides this international event, he has also exhibited his work at prestigious venues such as the Lalit Kala Academy and the Birla Academy, often in collaboration with other renowned Indian artists. Additionally, he has received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture, which has further opened doors to various workshops with institutions.

One of Avinash's favorite projects was his work at the Azeem Premji University in Bangalore, where he created a large painting for the welcome center and a mural in the seminar hall. The mural was a massive collaborative effort, involving eight artists from across India, with dimensions reaching 50 feet in height and 80 feet in width. Avinash played a significant role in this ambitious project, showcasing his expertise and creativity.

In addition to traditional Madhubani themes, Avinash explores contemporary subjects, including cinema series and cityscapes, investing substantial time in research before creating his works. While he maintains the traditional style, he strives to bring a fresh perspective, avoiding common repetitions in traditional Madhubani paintings. Avinash's journey as an artist was not without challenges. He began his career as a freelance artist, facing financial struggles and limited support. Connecting with people on social media was a turning point for him, gradually helping him build a network and find clients. His persistence and dedication helped him overcome initial difficulties and establish himself in the art world.

Avinash's ambition goes beyond his personal success; he aims to preserve and promote lesser-known Madhubani art forms, such as Godna tattoos, Godna paintings, and low-relief paintings. He is committed to ensuring these art forms do not get neglected and wants to improve the livelihood of other artists who work in these areas. His ultimate goal is to continue researching these traditional art forms, writing books to document and share their rich heritage with a broader audience.


Madhubani art/ Mithila art (the term ‘Madhubani’ translates to ‘forest of honey’) originating from the Mithila region of Bihar, India is a traditional art form celebrated for its beautiful patterns, vibrant colors, and rich cultural significance. Traditionally, these paintings were executed by women on the walls and floors of homes during festivals, weddings, and religious ceremonies. The paintings depict subjects based on Hindu mythology, nature, folklore, and everyday life. Overall, Madhubani art is the creative representation of all the motifs, colors, and forms found in the vicinity and incorporates a blend of history, tradition, and mythology. Legend There are various legends associated with Madhubani art. However, one of the popular beliefs states that King Janak (Father of Sita mentioned in Ramayana) commissioned craftsmen to decorate the state to celebrate her daughter’s wedding with lord Rama. Hence, establishing the tradition of Madhubani art in the region. Tradition and Technique Madhubani artists use natural pigments derived from plants, flowers, and minerals to create the art. Traditionally they hand-painted the designs using bamboo sticks or twigs; however, brushes are generally in use these days. The common motifs used in the composition include geometric shapes, floral designs, peacocks, fish, elephants, and scenes from Hindu epics. Each motif carries its own symbolism, often representing fertility, prosperity, love, and harmony. In the 1960s, a severe drought prompted the Indian government to support local artisans which gained international recognition for Madhubani art. Since then, Madhubani art has evolved from wall and floor paintings to various mediums, including canvases, textiles, pottery, and even contemporary art installations. Manju Devi, Ganga Devi, Jagdamba Devi, and Bharti Dayal are some of the notable Madhubani artists. 

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Shiv-Shakti in Madhubani by Avinash Karn
Avinash Karn
Art Style
Acrylic Colors
30 in(H) X 25 in(W)
gray, Red, Black, Multicoloured
Country of Origin
Bihar, India

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