or Mithila painting
is a style of Indian painting
, practiced in the Mithila
region of Bihar
and the adjoining parts of Terai
. In the present time the main artists include Smt Bua Devi Jha, Smt Jagdamba Devi, Smt Sita Devi, Smt Mahasundari Devi and others. Madhubani painting got official recognition in 1970 when the President of India gave an award to Mrs Jagdamba Devi of Village Jitbarpur near Madhubani. Beside her, two other painters, Mrs Sita Devi and Mrs Mahasundari Devi, were also given national awards in this field. In 2011, Smt Mahasundari Devi was again awarded, this time Padma Shri
by the government of India.
A collection of some samples of Mithila's domestic arts may be seen in the Chandradhari Museum, Darbhanga. W.G. Archer has also a collection of Mithila paintings and so has Upendra Maharathi, the artist, under whose supervision a collection of Bihar's folk art and craft has been built up at the Bihar Government Institute of Industrial Design, Digha, Patna.
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