Krishna Leela Madhubani Art
Set of 3 Madhubani paintings inspired by the Indian Mythology
This set of Madhubani paintings, inspired by the tales based on the life of Lord Krishna - a major deity - the eighth avatar of the god Vishnu as described in Hindu scriptures such as the Bhagavata Purana and literature such as the Gita Govinda. Three interesting stories are portrayed in three paintings of Madhubani style Rash Leela (A3). Kaliya Daman (A4) and Gowardhan Parvat (A4) .
The A3 size painting depicts Raas Leela where Lord Krishna dances with Radha and her sakhis (gopis). The Indian classical dance of Kathak evolved from the 'Raslila of Braj and Manipuri Classical Dance'. The term, rasa meaning "aesthetics" and lila meaning "act," "play" or "dance" is a concept from Hinduism, which roughly translates to "play (lila) of aesthetics (rasa)," or more broadly as "Dance of Divine Love".
The Kaliya Daman painting is inspired by the tale of Lord Krishna dancing upon and subduing Kāliya. Krishna is one of the most widely revered and most popular of all Indian divinities. According to legend Kalinga (Kaliya), the poisonous snake had occupied and poisoned the river Yamuna causing grave distress to the cowherds and the flora and fauna of Vrindavan. On hearing their plight, young Krishna jumped into the river and overpowered the vile serpent.
Gowardhan Parvat painting is based on the legend of Krishna’s saving the hill- known as Govardhan from a flood, "dalliances with gopis (cow-herdresses)’’ and interactions with demons and gods.
Madhubani, which by one account means Forest of Honey, is a region in Mithila region of Nepal and the northern part (Madhubani district) of Bihar. The Madhubani paintings is an ancient style of painting that originates 2500 years ago. Following the age old methods of painting, artist, till date, mixes cow-dung and rock-salt glue to the paints. While cow dung is used for the shine it imparts to the colored patches, glue helps the paint to bind well with the special handmade paper used for these paintings.
Painting by Krishna Kumar Jha Jha in the ancient Madhubani style on handmade paper with natural colors using pen nibs and brushes.