In Beautification Drive, Govt Whitewashes Precious Murals Off Delhi Museum Walls

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Depicted and tried a Madhubani art In indian Ink medium on A4 size Paper.Taken an example art from website source SHORT DESCRIPTION OF THIS ART FORM: Madhubani painting or Mithila painting is a style of Indian painting, practiced in the Mithila region of Bihar state, India and the adjoining parts of Terai in Nepal. In the present time the main artists include Smt Bharti Dayal ' Ganga devi ' Smt Bua Devi ,late Smt Jagdamba Devi,late Smt Sita Devi,and 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, other painters, Mrs Sita Devi ' Mrs Mahasundari Devi Mrs 'godavari dutt, Mrs Bharti dayal and bua devi were also given NATIONAL AWARDS in this Art field.by PRESIDENT OF INDIA Smt Bharti dayal was awarded again .by All India Art and Craft soceity for melleniumm award and, Smt Mahasundari Devi was again awarded, this time Padma Shri by the government of India in 2011. What is Unique in Bharti 's work is the fact that She centers her Art to HERITAGE style and yet manages to create an entirely Modern and Contemporary work from it .A surge of fantasy in her work makes them appear fresh and Graceful .Her work is Experimental and Authentic .We need a whole army of Bharti to bring back The Beauty and GLory of Mithila painting. 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. Asha Verma, born in Darbhanga, is dedicated to promote Madhubani art through her research work and her Madhubani paiting workshop popularily known as Ashas' creations at Sri Krishna Nagar, Patna. Origins The origins of Madhubani painting or Mithala Painting are shrouded in antiquity and mythology. Madhubani painting has been done traditionally by the women of villages around the present town of Madhubani (the literal meaning of which is forests of honey) and other areas of Mithila. The painting was traditionally done on freshly plastered mud wall of huts, but now it is also done on cloth, hand-made paper and canvas. As Madhubani painting has remained confined to a compact geographical area and the skills have been passed on through centuries, the content and the style have largely remained the same. Madhubani paintings also use two dimensional imagery, and the colors used are derived from plants. Ochre and lampblack are also used for reddish brown and black respectively. Madhubani paintings mostly depict nature and Hindu religious motifs, and the themes generally revolve around Hindu deities like Krishna, Ram, Shiva, Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati. Natural objects like the sun, the moon, and religious plants like tulsi are also widely painted, along with scenes from the royal court and social events like weddings. Generally no space is left empty; the gaps are filled by paintings of flowers, animals, birds, and even geometric designs. Objects depicted in the walls of kohabar ghar (where newly wed couple see each other in the first night) are symbols of sexual pleasure and procreation. Traditionally, painting was one of the skills that was passed down from generation to generation in the families of the Mithila Region, mainly by women.The painting was usually done on walls during festivals, religious events, and other milestones of the life-cycle such as birth, Upanayanam (sacred thread ceremony), and marriage. It is one of the best Art and unique craft work. The paintings are simplistic manifestation of the philosophical heights achieved by India in yesteryear

In order to beautify and modernize the National Crafts Museum in Delhi, the renovators have completely whitewashed a painted chamber, once frescoed with ceiling-to-floor Madhubani murals.

The Kohbar Ghar room also called the bridal nuptial chamber in the museum was painted by the renowned Madhubani artist, Ganga Devi, in the 1980s. She completed this work even as she bore chemotherapy, before succumbing to cancer in 1991,reports Times Of India.

And now, her paintings in the wall of the museum are lost forever.

However, the Textile Ministry does not think it a 'serious' matter.

An assistant director in the Textiles ministry told The Telegraph that the paintings had peeled off in parts and needed to be painted over.

"We will ask her (Ganga Devi's) relative Shanti Devi, who has painted here earlier, to do another painting. Yeh utna serious damage nahi hai, the damage isn't very serious. No valuable items have been destroyed," the official reportedly said.

Jyotindra Jain, who was then director of the Crafts Museum and saw the artist at work, told Times Of India he was shocked by the destruction. "Ganga Devi gave new direction to Madhubani painting. She was a legend and her contribution was recognized with a Padma Shri. The chamber was a unique monument in the history of contemporary folk and tribal arts of India."

"I remember how - between her chemotherapy - Ganga Devi used to weep due to the painful treatment and had painted the chamber to occupy herself with something which she found creatively engaging... I feel so numbed and devastated, to say the least," Jain posted on Facebook.

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