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The 12 Astrological Symbols
Madhubani Painting on Hand Made Paper
Folk Painting from the Village of Madhubani (Bihar)
Artist: Bala Dutt
20 inch x 28 inch
Item Code: DN53
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Densely Packed Tree of Life with Peacocks and Fishes in a Pond (Godna style)
Madhubani Painting on Hand Made Paper
Folk Painting from the Village of Madhubani (Bihar)
Artist: Nandani
20 inch x 28 inch
Item Code: DN54
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Butterfly
Madhubani Painting on Hand Made Paper Treated with Cow Dung
Folk Painting from the Village of Madhubani (Bihar)
Artist: Nandani
20 inch x 28 inch
Item Code: DN55
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Densely Packed Tree of Life with Multi-Color Parrots
Madhubani Painting on Hand Made Paper
Folk Painting from the Village of Madhubani (Bihar)
Artist: Vibhooti Jha
20 inch x 28 inch
Item Code: DN56
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Concentric Circle of Wild Life ((Godna style)
Madhubani Painting on Hand Made Paper
Folk Painting from the Village of Madhubani (Bihar)
Artist: Vibhooti Jha
20 inch x 28 inch
Item Code: DN57
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Mandala
Madhubani Painting on Hand Made Paper
Folk Painting from the Village of Madhubani (Bihar)
Artist: Vibhooti Jha
14 inch x 10 inch
Item Code: DN58
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Goddess with Her Yantra
Madhubani Painting on Hand Made Paper
Folk Painting from the Village of Madhubani (Bihar)
Artist: Vibhooti Jha
14 inch x 10 inch
Item Code: DN59
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Tree of Life with Peacock Pair
Madhubani Painting on Hand Made Paper
Folk Painting from the Village of Madhubani (Bihar)
Artist: Vibhooti Jha
10 inch x 29 inch
Item Code: DN51
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Tree of Parrots with Elephant Pair
Madhubani Painting on Hand Made Paper
Folk Painting from the Village of Madhubani (Bihar)
Artist: Vibhooti Jha
10 inch x 29 inch
Item Code: DN52
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Vat Savitri Puja
Madhubani Painting on Hand Made Paper
Folk Painting from the Village of Madhubani (Bihar)
Artist: Nandani
20 inch x 28 inch
Item Code: DN50
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Lord Brahma
Madhubani Painting on Hand Made Paper
Folk Painting from the Village of Madhubani (Bihar)
Artist: Bachi Devi
20 inch x 28 inch
Item Code: DN49
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Tree of Life with Elephant  and Peacock
Madhubani Painting on Hand Made Paper
Folk Painting from the Village of Madhubani (Bihar)
Artist: Vibhooti Jha
20 inch x 28 inch
Item Code: DN48
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Shri Krishna Lila
Water Color Painting on Patti
Folk Art From The Temple Town Puri (Orissa)
Artist: Rabi Behra
47 inch x 29 inch
Item Code: PR74
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Shreekshetra Patti with Life of  Krishna and Dashavatara
Water Color Painting on Patti
Folk Art From The Temple Town Puri (Orissa)
Artist: Rabi Behra
29 inch x 47 inch
Item Code: PR75
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Episodes from the Mahabharata and Life of Krishna (Super Large Painting)
Water Color Painting on Patti
Folk Art From The Temple Town Puri (Orissa)
Artist: Rabi Behra
93 inch x 48 inch
Item Code: PR69
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Jagannath Ratha Yatra, Puri
Water Color Painting on Patti
Folk Art From The Temple Town Puri (Orissa)
Artist: Rabi Behra
71 inch x 38 inch
Item Code: PR70
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Gautama Buddha Mandala and His Life with Dashavatara of Vishnu
Water Color Painting on Patti
Folk Art From The Temple Town Puri (Orissa)
Artist: Rabi Behra
60 inch x 36 inch
Item Code: PR71
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Shri Jagannatha-Pata with the Life of Krishna and Dashavatara of Vishnu
Water Color Painting on Patti
Folk Art From The Temple Town Puri (Orissa)
Artist: Rabi Behra
58 inch x 34 inch
Item Code: PR72
$695.00
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Dancing Gamesha with His Lilas
Water Color Painting on Patti
Folk Art From The Temple Town Puri (Orissa)
Artist: Rabi Behra
48 inch x 29 inch
Item Code: PR73
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Shri Rama Durbar
Kalamkari Painting on Cotton
60 inch x 44 inch
Item Code: PP29
$175.00
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The Beauty of Anger - Mahishasuramardini Goddess Durga
Water Color Painting on Tussar Silk
Folk Art From The Temple Town Puri (Orissa)
Artist: Rabi Behra
29 inch x 41 inch
Item Code: PL57
$395.00
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Lord Ganesha Dancing and Stretching a Snake Over His Head
Water Color Painting on Tussar Silk
Folk Art From The Temple Town Puri (Orissa)
Artist: Rabi Behra
30 inch x 41 inch
Item Code: PR66
$395.00
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Shri Shreekshetra Pati
Water Color Painting on Tussar Silk
Folk Art From The Temple Town Puri (Orissa)
Artist: Rabi Behra
27 inch x 40 inch
Item Code: PR67
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Shri Jagannatha in King's Costume (Raja Vesha)
Water Color Painting on Tussar Silk
Folk Art From The Temple Town Puri (Orissa)
Artist: Rabi Behra
41.5 inch x 27.5 inch
Item Code: PR68
$395.00
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Indian Folk Painting
Folk painting is assuredly the oldest traditional art still being created in India. The earliest examples - images of animals and hunters found on rock shelters in the region of modern Bhopal in central India - date back more than seven thousand years. The Indian folk paintings presented here still carry the lively imprint of ancient and inventive minds.

Folk Paintings are living traditions, which can be classified into two categories: those that are executed on ritual occasions for the express purpose of "installing" a deity, and those that are essentially narrative in character, the themes of narration being primarily from the ancient Indian epics. These may be executed on a wall (bhitti-chitra), on a canvas (pata-chitra), and on the floor (bhumi-chitra).' Sometimes the twin functions of Indian folk painting, the magico-religious ritual and narration, overlap.

Indian Folk Paintings: The Art of Magic Diagrams

"Magic diagrams", or auspicious symbols, outlined on the floor, in rice paste and/or coloured powder are executed by women almost all over India, form the major iconography of India folk paintings. These designs are known as kolam in South India, mandana in Rajasthan, rangoli in Maharashtra, sathiya in Gujarat, alpona in Bengal, aripana in Bihar, apna in the western Himalayas, chowka purna and sona rakhna in Uttar Pradesh, osa in Orissa and aripona in other parts of northern India. These line drawings are potent receptacles of cosmic powers that are essentially benevolent and protective in nature.

Ornamentation in Indian Folk Painting:

Folk painters in India have employed traditional ornamentation in their work. They have done so not so much to beautify their paintings but to more fully express their devotion to their deities. While Indian folk artists have created works pleasing in color and design, in no instances have they intended to make paintings "for art's sake" or for aesthetic reasons alone, that is, primarily to be put on a wall or other support and admired as beautiful visual form.

An enormous stylistic range is evident among the traditions and types of Indian folk painting presented here, from bare essential contours to painstaking, miniature-like rendering of details to the precise, geometrized figural abstractions reminiscent of India's prehistoric painting.

It is the goal of this collection of Indian folk painting to capture something of the amazing spectra of the etarnal tradition of Indian folk art, and to provide a framework for understanding its motives and iconography. Folk Paintings have been selected here for their aesthetic appeal as well as for their representative value, and, wherever possible, to show the evolution of a tradition and even the contrasts within it.

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