A practical introduction to Madhubani.
I will guide you in drawing a modern version of this incredible, free flowing ancient art form. In this session we will be drawing a gorgeous meditative Mandala.
In the ancient Sanskrit language of Hinduism and Buddhism, Mandala means ‘circle.’ Traditionally, a mandala is a geometric design or pattern that represents the cosmos or deities in various heavenly worlds. Mandala painting is a symbolic picture of the universe, the circle that represents wholeness, totality, infinity, timelessness, and unity. While extraordinary as a standalone work of art, mandalas hold introspective meaning beyond their vibrant appearance.
Like any folk art, Madhubani shows the psychology of the society to which it belongs; it reflects the morals, values and customs of the region in a very interesting way. The three main themes in this art are religion, social scenes and elements of nature.
Looking at these two art forms together, Mandala and Madhubani, a similarity that comes up is the filling up of spaces with symbolic patterns and designs. Both these art forms direct us towards the deeper meanings of creation and mother nature. The symmetry, geometry and intention of one seems to find an echo in the other. So here is looking at drawing a Mandala in the language of Madhubani. A mandala with vibrant fish in an angular, whirling or conventional pattern. Also exploring the thought that a part (of our mandala) represents the whole and yet is complete in itself. Come be a part of this amazing journey.
I’m a multi-disciplinary artist, and love to engage with folk/tribal art from across the world – wiPth a special focus on India. I design and conduct experiential workshops, giving a contemporary bent to heritage Art n Craft. I have thoroughly enjoyed conducting in-person and online workshops for audiences in India, USA, UK, Australia, Dubai. My workshop at Amazon HQ in Seattle demonstrated the ease with which art communicates with people from different countries and ethnicities. The learning and sharing process has been unique in each workshop and the participants’ ages have varied from age 8 to 80!
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