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Shruti had always liked to draw and embroider at school. The intricate handwork always excited her. However, one after the other, education, family, and professional work took over and the craving for creative expression became dormant. She is an ex-banker and HR entrepreneur. The pandemic forced her to take a break from the mundane and to rethink what she really wanted to do. What started with drawing Mandalas and freehand creatives, soon took wings and she started exploring other art forms. Indian Folk Arts have always attracted her, the use of vibrant colors, forms, symbols, and the way they are combined. As she started learning more about their meaning, significance, and the deeper messages they conveyed, she felt more and more creative and connected to herself. She finds joy in painting every day, sometimes even long stretches of time without even realizing it. Shruti specializes in Madhubani/Mithila Art. She has done a professional certification course to learn the nuances of the art form. Over the last two years, she has been learning the art form in depth from Master Artists. Shruti’s artworks have been displayed at The Bombay Art Society’s online art exhibition- Colors of Independence. She believes in keeping the folk artforms alive and wants to make them part of our everyday lives, making people value /use handmade products and learn Indian arts.
We will be learning to paint Lord Ganesha in the Madhubani art form. The calm and majestic Ganesha with the strength, power, and wisdom of an elephant is the remover of obstacles. He is the embodiment of Om, God of Auspiciousness and savior of all that is good. This is a self-learning course through which students will learn to do a traditional style painting with a combination of both Kachni and bharni styles. Students will learn to sketch, outline using a Madhubani nib, color dos and don’t, and some options of doing the background according to their choice.
Mithila painting also known as Madhubani art is a traditionally designed painting created by the women of various communities in the Mithila region of Nepal and India. As the former capital of the kingdom of Mithila, Janakpur has emerged as the center for both preserving and promoting this ancient art. Initially, the womenfolk of the village drew the paintings on the walls of their home, with fingers, twigs, brushes, and matchsticks as an illustration of their thoughts, hopes, and dreams. With the change in time and tradition, the paintings started becoming a part of festivities and special events, like marriage. Slowly and gradually, the Mithila painting started developing on paper and canvas crossing the traditional boundaries, and started reaching connoisseurs of art, both at the national as well as the international level.
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I would like to thank our teachers and organizers for lightning our precious folk art in a technical manner.