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Mithila Painting: Folk Art of India

Daughters Are for Others, 2006, by Shalinee Kumari (Indian, b. 1985). Ink and colors on paper. Asian Art Museum, Museum purchase, 2018.7. © Shalinee Kumari. Photograph © Asian Art Museum.

A pregnant cow, 1981, by Shanti Devi (Indian, b. 1926). Ink and colors on paper. Asian Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1999.39.28. © Shanti Devi. Photograph © Asian Art Museum.

Snakes Praying [to] the Sun, 1983, by Gopal Saha (Indian, b. approx. 1940). Ink and colors on paper. Asian Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1999.39.34. © Gopal Saha. Photograph © Asian Art Museum.

Tree of life with Krishna, 2015, by Ranjan Paswan (Indian, b. 1989). Ink and colors on paper. Asian Art Museum, Museum purchase, Mortimer-Harvey Fund, 2018.10. © Ranjan Paswan. Photograph © Asian Art Museum.

Objective: 

Students will learn about the traditions and characteristics of an ancient folk art practiced in rural India. Students will then analyze how these traditions are evolving in response to international and economic influences. Finally, students will create a product (artwork and brochure) using the stylistic conventions of Mithila artists. This has been generously shared by our partners at Berkeley ORIAS.

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