Chandrakala Devi

Chandrakala Devi was born in the village of Ranti in Bihar, India. Chandrakala learned about Madhubani art by watching the women in her village, the masters of the art, practice, and has been practicing Madhubani art since her childhood.

Chandrakala has been the sole wage earner in her family of 9 since the passing of her husband 25 years ago, when she began selling her artwork to support herself. Chandrakala’s paintings are marked by their strong sense of proportion and a sensitive observation and visualization of the nature around her.

Chandrakala has participated in several group shows curated by Manisha Jha, including the India Habitat Centre, The Nehru Centre Art Gallery, the Sir Seewoo Sagur Ram Goolam Art Gallery, the Crafts Museum, and the Rajeev Gandhi Bhawan. Currently, Chandrakala Devi lives and works from her home in Madhubani.

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Urmila Devi Paswan

Urmila Devi was born in the Village of Jitwarpur in Bihar, India. Urmila has pioneered the Goidana / tattoo tradition of Mithila paintings, a tradition she learned from her mother-in-law and famous artist, the late Chano Devi. Urmila has been painting for the last 45 years and her works have been featured in exhibitions around the world.

She has been awarded the prestigious National Award by the Government of India for her incredible contribution to Goidana paintings in 2015, and was also awarded the State Award by the government of Bihar in 1985.

Today, Urmila Devi is one of the few senior artists of the Goidana tradition. She lives and works in Jitwarpur, which is one of the well-known centers of Mithila paintings.

Nikki Kumari

Nikki Kumari learned Madhubani painting from her mom – Chandrakala Devi.

Nikki is currently being trained under Manisha Jha as a part of the Guru-Shishya Parampra program of the Government of India.

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Manisha Jha

Born in the village of Satlakha, Manisha is a Mithila painter by tradition and an architect by profession. Manisha was first exposed to Madhubani art by helping her mother and grandmother create ritual paintings on walls and floors of their village during festivals and wedding ceremonies.

Manisha has been painting for the past 25 years and has presented papers on different aspects of Mithila paintings at several national and international conferences in India and abroad.

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In 2003, Manisha founded the Madhubani Art Centre with the mission to create awareness, economic sustenance of female artists from local villages, and of course, to share this beautiful artwork with the world.

Manisha is the person to bring Mithila art to commercial art galleries, and the first Indian artist to document the oral narratives of the region of Bihar. She is the first woman Madhubani artist to illustrate books in the Mahbubani style.

Shivani Karn

Shivani was born and brought up in the Ranti village in Bihar. Shivani was introduced to Madhubani painting through her elder sister, Shalini Karn, and began selling her paintings at a young age to fund her own education.

Shivani is now a graduate in commerce and working freelance as a full-time artist. Working in traditional style, Shivani works with dress material, wall, paper and canvas as a medium for her painting. Along with doing all the household work, Shivani paints and studies at home.

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