Spotlight Artist * Bharti Dayal * – Madhubani/Maithili Paintings

Bharti Dayal – Madhubani Artist from INDIA. Her art represents the amalgamation of the deep-rooted traditional art practice with the contemporary themes. Bharti Dayal’s ardent desire is to spread cosmic harmony amongst humankind through her work.

courtesy  Bharti Dayal & NOVICA 

Bharti Dayal was born in December, 1961, from Samastipur in northern Bihar, INDIA. The region that bears high eminence in ancient Indian history, and preserves the rich heritage of folk paintings known as Mithila, or Madhubani paintings. Bharti inherited this art from her family.
Madhubani art traditionally use the painting materials made from vegetables, minerals and alike substances found in nature. Bharti has a post-graduate degree in botany, which helped her more in identifying natural sources of colors from plants that she uses in her artworks.

In respect with the designs and forms while remaining true to the traditional roots, Bharti Dayal induced an intellectual edge into her paintings, thus lending them a more contemporary look. Today she has several associate Madhubani artists in Bihar with whom she works in unison to create unique works of art. No time frame can be given for the completion of a painting. It can either be a whole day under the effect of inspiration, while others can linger on for months.


  •  1991 – Prestigious award from All India Fine Arts and Crafts for fifty years of art in independent India.
  • March 1995 – French Television made a documentary on my paintings that was subsequently shown on Discovery Channel
  • 1998 – Selected for the 71st Annual Paintings competition of All India Fine Arts and Crafts.
  • 1999 – The 9th All India Fine Arts and Craft competition for traditional painting.
  • 2000-01 – The state Award for Kalamkari in Mithila painting.
  • 2001 – The top award in Millennium Art competition for My painting, ‘Eternal Music,’ from AIFAC.
  • 2007 – Won the National Award for excellence in handicrafts, also known as the President’s Award.

Because of the space concern not all of the achievements are mentioned here. You can check out her biography in detail at Bharti Dayal website.

Bharti Dayal on from Aman Dayal on Vimeo.

References: Team NOVICA

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Tribut to Indian Folk Painting Styles………


Hope you all must be having lots of fun with art & craft projects. The spring is at the corner and a great time is coming to go out and explore new art and meet the artists and learn new things.

Today’s quotes

Art is not a thing; it is a way.      – Elbert Hubbard

Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.      – Amy Lowell

Dessein All since beginning has always been discussing and promoting Indian folk art. It started with Warli and Madhubani Painting styles. After a long break Dessein All is starting up a month to month series of articles on the Indian Folk Art Painting Styles. Indian art is a true representation of the Indian culture, Indian traditions and the Indian society. This is a tribute to the folk art and folk artists of India. The objective is to cover different types of Indian Painting styles, practiced throughout the Indian subcontinent, which use diverse processes. Through these series of articles we will be discussing each one style for the whole month. That will include different categories such as:

  • Region & History of painting style
  • Know the artists
  • Original process
  • Know the Materials
  • DIY – to encourage the art practice

So let’s get ready with us for an exciting ride to the exotic land of ‘Indian Folk Art’


Anagha for DSA

Fabric Painting Techniques

Fabric painting is a creative way to transform plain fabric with your own design. Even if your drawing skills are minimal, there are a wide variety of stamps, stencils and other tools that you can use. Natural fabrics hold fabric paints better than synthetics, but make sure your fabric paint is designed for your type of fabric. You can use an embroidery hoop or attach the fabric to a wooden frame to make it easier to paint on.
Other techniques
Spray painting
Block printing
These are the hand painting  and printing techniques those you can easily practice at home after taking necessary precautions.
Warning : An adult person should supervise, if children under age 10 are using any of these techniques which involve chemical paints/spray guns/sharp tools.

Artscape 2011 Baltimore…….

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Thanks to Anshi Art. Jags to you the most.

This weekend in Baltimore!

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Experiments with Yantra’s by Shubhangi

Artistic Handmade Soaps

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  • All soaps are hand crafted and herbal.
  • All the soaps are Glycerin  based.
  • No artificial preservatives , dyes, fragrance added.
  • Limited number of samples available.

Update after a long time, Paintings by Shubhangi

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Warli is the name of the largest tribe found on the northern outskirts of Mumbai, in Western India. They mostly live in Thane district of Maharashtra on Northern outskirts of Mumbai  and extend upto the Gujarat Border.
The word Warli is derived from warla, meaning “piece of land” or “field”.
There are no records of the exact origins of this art, its roots may be traced to as early as the 10th century AD. Warli is the vivid expression of daily and social events of the Warli tribe of Maharashtra, used by them to decorate the walls of village houses. This art was eventually discoverd in 70’s and became popular for its unique simplicity and fervor of life.
This art form is simple in comparison to the vibrant paintings of Madhubani.

The Warli Painting

Women are mainly engaged in the creation of these paintings. These paintings do not depict mythological characters or images of deities, but depict social life. Images of human beings and animals, along with scenes from daily life are created in a loose rhythmic pattern. The Warlis use extremely basic shape like circle, triangle and a square.  The paintings are traditionally done in the homes of the Warlis. Painted white on mud walls, they are pretty close to pre-historic cave paintings in execution and usually depict scenes of human figures engaged in activities like hunting, dancing, sowing and harvesting.

These themes are highly repetitive and symbolic. Many of the Warli paintings that represent Palghat, the marriage god, often include a horse used by the bride and groom. The painting is sacred and without it, the marriage cannot take place. These paintings also serve social and religious aspirations of the local people. It is believed that these paintings invoke powers of the Gods. In Warli paintings it is rare to see a straight line. A series of dots and dashes make one line. The artists have recently started to draw straight lines in their paintings.
Today, small paintings are done on cloth and paper but they look best on the walls or in the form of huge murals that bring out the vast and magical world of the Warlis.

The subject of these paintings are their day to day activities which they try to depict in art.  The slideshow of the art work presented is a dance that done in circular motion.I have found a youtube video of the same. Please enjoy the art work as well as the music and dance.

ommmmmmmmm to all the warli people.