Meet the Masters: Leela Devi, Mithila painting

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Leela Devi, National awardee, Mithila painting, Rashidpur, Madhubani, Bihar. Photo: Folkartopedia archive
Leela Devi, National awardee, Mithila painting, Rashidpur, Madhubani, Bihar. Photo: Folkartopedia archive
Eminent artist Leela Devi learned Mithila painting from Late Smt. Ganga Devi who was a pioneer of traditional Mithila paintings.

Smt. Leela Devi was born on 15th January 1954 in village Chichri of district Madhubani in Bihar. She had studied till class seven and was married to Shri Umesh Nandan Lal Das of village Rashidpur. In 1976 in Rashidpur she had started learning Mithila painting from Late Smt. Ganga Devi who was a pioneer of traditional Mithila paintings.

In 1985 she got Bihar state award and in 1987 National Award for Master craftsperson. She makes pen drawings and paintings with natural colours. Her favorite subjects are religious, stories, Kohbar and Aripan. Her works were displayed at various places in India and in Japan.

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Meet the Masters: Leela Devi, Mithila painting

Meet the Masters: Leela Devi, Mithila painting
Interviewee : Smt. Leela Devi, Master Mithila painter
Interviewer : Sunil Kumar
Location : Rashidpur, Madhubani, Bihar
Recording : February 19, 2021

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