NAME: MADHU SHREE BANSAL
Born: Dec 14th 1972 Bundi, Rajasthan.
1996: M.A. Drawing & Painting. M.D.S. University, Ajmer.
1994: Youth Festival Award by M.D.S. University, Ajmer.
1997: Hadoti Pradarshini, Jhalawar ( Rajasthan )
1995 : Exhibition in Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi.
1995 : Umeed Gallery, Kota ( Rajasthan ).
1996 : Artistic Gallery, Bundi ( Rajasthan ).
1998 : Exhibition In Lalit Kala Academy, Jaipur ( Rajasthan ).
2012 : Times Expo, Mumbai.
2013 : Adhunik Art Gallery, Delhi.
2014 : Bundi Utsav, Bundi ( Rajasthan ).
2014 : Participated in NEW YORK ART FESTIVAL, New York.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
My ardent love for miniature paintings goes way back to my childhood days, as I was brought up in a family where this form of art was a tradition. Travelling down the family tree from the time of my ancestors, this tradition had etched its' way into my heart to lead me to carry on this legacy.
India is a country rich in its cultural heritage and is best known for its' diverse languages, religion and knowledge for music, art and education. Our country has received these talents from the earliest civilizations of the world - the Indus Valley Civilization. However, with the inclusion of many other ancient traditions that our country has absorbed, our cultural heritage has grown accordingly. Major artwork has been developed ever since and Indian art therefore contains the rich and deep history of India. Being an ardent lover of Indian Tradition and Culture, I have therefore taken an initiative to promote Indian Miniature Painting (which dates back to the 14th century) to the entire world by exhibiting my artworks on an international level.
During and after my qualification through Masters' degree in drawing and painting, I have received the Youth Festival Award by M.D.S and the Hadoti Pradarshini award. I have been showcasing my paintings since the year 1995. My paintings have been exhibited in Delhi at the Exhibition in Lalit Kala academy and the Adhunik Art Gallery; in Mumbai at Times Expo; in the state of Bundi at the Artistic Gallery and the Bundi Utsav; in Kota at the Umeed Gallery; and in Jaipur at the Exhibition in Lalit Kala academy.
Bundi-Kota Paintings / Hadoti Style
This form of miniature painting that I have taken up is the Bundi-Kota style of painting, as I am originally from the state of Bundi. I have thus specialised in this style of painting and have progressed into miniature nail painting as well.
The Bundi-Kota paintings define itself with its' standardized technique detailed in every minute feature of the painting. For instance, the women in a Bundi-Kota miniature would be painted in graceful posture with round faces, receding foreheads and shine, strong noses, full cheeks, lotus petal eyes, sharp eyebrows and well formed bodies. Figures are usually placed in the background of plants and evergreen forests along with animals like elephants, lions, tigers and wild bears.
The Bundi-Kota style of painting also gave rise to a different style known as the Ragamala and the Baramasa paintings, which were known well for depicting the moods and sentiments of men and women, including the thirty six ragas and raginis linked to the twelve seasons, times of the day and mood of the moment.
Another kind of miniature painting I have specialised in is the Hadoti paintings known for its' highest quality. The hadoti style of painting includes the styles obtained from the states Bundi, Kota, Jhalawar and other styles of the localities around. Thus, all these styles are covered up in the Hadoti style of painting known as the highest quality of paintings in Rajput style. These paintings comprise the use of colours handmade from minerals, vegetables, precious stones, indigo, conch shells, pure gold and silver.
The minute and distinct styles involved in these types of paintings have caught my interest. There is a lot of persistent perfection that is needed while painting a portrait of Indian History, which cannot be expedited but performed by the most concentrated, focussed and patient minds. The intricacies involved here are as it has been mentioned above with an example of how a woman has to be painted in these miniatures. Every character in the painting has a particular role and significance that is connected to the main character/s or one that reveals a story of ancient times in India, and also their feelings or moods are explained through this non-verbal form of art. This form of art must be revealed to the world all over and therefore my constant endeavour to showcase the hard work put into these paintings.