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Janakpur Art:

Mythological

Mithila paintings depicting god, goddess and demigod.

Nature

Mithila paintings related to natural objects and resources.

Traditional

Mithila paintings depicting popular traditional and cultural rituals.

Patterns

Different patterns and objects which may or may not have religious value.

Mithila painting One liners

Most common questions related to Mithila painting answered in short

Mithila Painting (also known as Madhubani art) is a type of folk art practiced in Mithila region of Nepal and India.

2500-year-old folk art, the history of Mithila paintings is said to date back to the time of Ramayana, when king Janaka asked an artist to capture his daughter Sita’s wedding to prince Rama.

Janakpur Art is an online gallery dedicated to Mithila Paintings. As the former capital of the kingdom of Mithila, Janakpur (district in Nepal) has emerged as the center for both preserving and promoting this ancient art.

When technically evaluating, Mithila paintings can be divided into five distinctive styles: Bharni, Kachni, Tantrik, Kohbar and Godna. These five different styles have been merged by contemporary artists.

The themes used in these paintings often revolve around Hindu deities (God, Goddess and Demigods). And representing ritual content for particular occasions, including festivals, religious rituals, marriage, etc. Also, heavenly bodies like the Sun and the Moon often form the centerpiece of paintings.