Madhubani is an ancient Indian folk art, which traces its origins to the times of Indian epic Ramayana. Traditionally practised by women artists of Mithila region (parts of Bihar, Nepal) on floors and walls, the bright paintings cover mythological tales, rituals and festivals, and local lives.
There are 5 distinct styles - colourful Bharni, Godna, Tantrik and Gobar to minimalist Kachni. The lines between styles have now blurred and Madhubani designs appear on canvas, cloth, paper mache and a variety of mediums. Women of the region continue to blaze a path by experimenting with themes and winning awards.
Catterfly master artist Hema Devi is a national awardee and a prolific artist. She specializes in Kachni and paper mache figurines and continues the region's tradition of talented women artists.