I was eager to learn Madhubani from national award-winning artist Hema Devi. Madhubani painting holds a prestigious place among all the folk arts of India because of its unique styles - kachni and bharni. Kachni means to hatch and bharni means to fill. In the course of the rasleela painting, Hemaji took us through both the styles. This was unique and a great learning for all of us as we learnt both the techniques in one workshop.
One of the enchanting stories narrated by Hemaji was about the time Lord Shiva entered the rasleela dance incognito. Krishna was dancing with the gopis and Shiva quietly witnessed the dance from a corner.
As the dance came to an end, Krishna felt something was amiss. To his surprise, one of the gopis mentioned to him that there was a new "gopi" in the corner and he had three eyes. Krishna understood that it was none other than Lord Shiva and had a hearty laugh at the entire scenario.
Such are the interesting narrations and interactions that we have with Catterfly artists and moderators. They very well know how to engage the audience and make them learn art in an amusing way. Thank you!