Ravana Disguised As A Hermit And Asked For Alms From Sita (Sita Haran Episode From Ramayana)

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Ramayana is one of the age-old Indian epics, which highlight the rich and respectful culture of Hinduism. The Madhubani art that you see on this page is a prominent ‘Sita Haran’ episode of Ramayana, where Ravana to take revenge for his sister Shurpanakha, disguised himself as a hermit and came to Mother Sita, asking for alms with a condition that she has to come out of her cottage, hence crossing the Lakshmana Rekha and oblige the faux hermit with food, which is when Ravana took his real form and kidnapped Sita in his magical chariot. The painter has painted every aspect of the story with great precision and in a beauteous choice of a bright colour palette.


Madhubani art dwells from a small village, Mithila in Bihar, done by women expressing the creativity and sensitivity of people by depicting themes of religion, love and fertility. The entire painting is veneered with artistic geometric patterns along with spaces occupied with wondrous flowers and birds. With the marvellous light hued background, the artist has gracefully highlighted every colour and feature of this folk art. Underneath the high mountains with the sun shining bright and colourful peacocks perched on the green leafy fruits bearing tree, stands Sita, an ideal wife, daughter and mother in Hinduism with the alms bowl and Ravana (as muni) holding a kamandalu.


Bulging fish-like eyes and pointed noses of the figurines are some of the key features of a real Madhubani painting. Sita is adorned in a fascinating tri-coloured lehenga and sober jewels for perfection, and the long-bearded hermit has solid yellow and black striped dhoti along with a flower motif stole. With the blooming flowers and lush green grass, this Madhubani art is an amazing amalgamation of bright and dull colours. This colourful Sita Haran scene is sure to brighten up your empty wall space.

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Item Code: PZ75
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Madhubani Painting on Hand Made Paper, Folk Painting from the Village of Madhubani (Bihar)
Dimensions 20.5 inch X 28.5 inch
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Colors of Tradition: Exploring the Artistry Behind Madhubani Paintings

Madhubani painting is also known as Mithila art as it is practiced in the Mithila region of India and Nepal. It has specifically originated from the Madhubani district of the state of Bihar. Traditionally, the women of this region created these paintings and in recent years, it has become a widely practiced art and has now become renowned throughout the world. This art expresses the creativity and culture of the people of Mithila and is passed from one generation to another. In this way, the heritage of Madhubani art has been preserved for many decades. The subjects of these paintings are usually religion, love, and fertility. Sometimes, social events like festivals, weddings, and royal court are also depicted in the paintings. The most commonly painted designs and themes are the forms of Hindu Gods and Goddesses such as Ganesha, Shiva, Saraswati, Lakshmi, Krishna, and Ram. The characteristic features of Madhubani paintings are their vibrant colors and eye-catching geometrical patterns. The empty spaces are filled with traditional motifs such as floral and foliate patterns, animals, birds, geometrical structures, and other designs. The local artists create these paintings using a variety of items such as matchsticks, twigs, brushes, pens, or even their own fingers. The paints are usually made with natural dyes and pigments.
As simple as it may seem, the making process of the world-famous Madhubani paintings is certainly not easy and requires lots of hard labor.
Traditional Madhubani paintings are done either on cloth, handmade paper, or canvas. Select the medium of painting as per your choice. If you have chosen cloth, attach it to cardboard to make a solid base. The making of the painting begins with making a double-lined border. This is a very important step because the border is filled with various geographical shapes and patterns or other motifs. The average width of the border is 1.5 - 2 cm. Now that the border is created, you will be left with a blank middle space. This is the main workspace. Start drawing your choice of figure, designs, and shapes. These must be relevant to the Madhubani painting themes.
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When the key design has been made, the empty spaces in between are filled with some designs.
Now is the time to color the painting using vivid shades and hues. Colors in Madhubani are sourced from nature; Indigo is used to produce blue, flower juice produces red, turmeric gives yellow, leaves produce green, cow dung mixed soot gives black, and rice powder gives white.
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To paint these colors, the artist uses a bamboo stick and wraps cotton around it. This acts as a traditional brush.
The entire painting is now painted using this special brush with natural vibrant colors. · However, in modern times, the common brush is used and instead of natural colors, artists prefer to use acrylic paints.
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Since the entire painting is made with natural materials and colors, it appears simple yet enriching. Originally, this art was created on mud walls or soil grounds but when it evolved over many years, the people of Madhubani started to make it on fabric and paper. Today, this art has become globalized and is receiving worldwide attention and appreciation.
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