Madhubani art is one of the most famous art forms originated in Mithila region of Bihar; it focuses on depiction of scenes from ancient epics, various festivals and birth or marriage events. The one shown here is an auspicious view of dancing Ganesha highlighting his patronage by performing the Tandava in the spectatorship of two artistically portrayed green and red serpents on either side, filled-in with white colored motifs. The greyish colored elongated mouse (Ganesha’s vahana) stands on the left in a dance posture, paying obeisance to his lord and the right side is occupied by the colorful Sri yantra, associated as an aid to worship deities, meditation, protection from harmful influences, development of powers and attraction of wealth or success.
Madhubani is characterised by its eye-catchy geometrical patterns, floral designs and use of bright color combinations to cover the space beautifully. Ganesha wears a bright yellow and orange horizontal striped dhoti and charming trinkets in all the four hand, legs and round kundals in creatively styled white ears; his long-pointed crown decorated with amazing flower designs complements with the soothing background of orange strokes covered by motifs of small red and blue flowers.
Ganesha’s dark grey colored body contrasts with the brightly picturized painting. The painter has painted this portly figure in an artistic slender figurine, decorated with a long garland of yellow flowers and two serpents running across his waist and chest respectively. Notice the pink patches on his entire body and a large one on his forehead, reminding us of the Shaivite tilak. The curvature of his eyes, long and thin trunk and hairs splashing out are indicative of Ganesha being in his playful mood. This painting is stroked out on a handmade paper using cow dung and is framed in an alluring yellow border, shaped out in the form of lotus petals and sacred symbols marked on it.
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