New Delhi: An exhibition of exquisite and colourful “Mithila Paintings”, organized with support from the Office of the Resident Commissioner, Government of West Bengal, New Delhi, was inaugurated at Muktadhara Art Gallery on January 4, 2014 by Shri Bhaskar Khulbe, the Additional Chief Secretary and Principal Resident Commissioner, Government of West Bengal.
The exhibition-cum-workshop, which was open for public from 10 am to 7 pm till 13thJanuary, 2014, displayed the paintings of Smt. Navita Jha, an artist from Jalpaiguri district of North Bengal. The event was organized as part of a series of initiatives undertaken by the Office of the Resident Commissioner to publicize and promote folk art forms, handicrafts works and handloom creations of rural artists and artisans from Bengal.
About Navita Jha: A resident of Jaigaon on the border of Bhutan in the district of Jalpaiguri, Jha had learnt the nuances of Mithila art from her mother and has been carrying forward the folk tradition for the last 30 years. Her paintings have been exhibited in India and overseas. Jha’s works have won acclaim in various cities such as Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Hyderabad, apart from London and Spain.
About Mithila Paintings: For centuries, rural women in the Mithila region of Bihar had been using natural and vegetable colours to create vibrant images depicting mythological stories, local legends and folktales on the walls and floors of their houses for decorative purposes and for celebrating rituals like marriages. During the 1960s, some women started painting on paper and canvas so that the traditional art form can be turned into an alternative source of income for them. Mithila Art, also known as Madhubani Art, has since gained international fame and reputation.