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Popularising Madhubani

A FORMER correspondent with the Hindustan Times, Trideep Kumar took to Madhubani painting in 1995. Practitioners of this style have traditionally been women. Yet, he chose it as his career.

Trideep was in the city recently.

"Today, Madhubani art can be seen on clothes, handmade papers, key chains and bangles. It looks good on lampshades and glasses," he says.

In Madhubani paintings, cow dung forms the base. A wide range of flowers and leaves are used for colouring. The themes are generally about love, marriage, and worship of Hindu deities and animals.

Trideep says very little research has been done on Madhubani painting. He plans a book on this style. "I am also working on a series of paintings on Lord Buddha."

Trideep has won several national prizes. He has also participated in the making of the longest painting of the world in 1997. In 2001, he won the Man of the Year Award, instituted by the American Biographical Institute.

Trideep was trained in Madhubani painting by his sister, Sweta.

The trio, Trideep, Sweta and Indrajit, has participated in a number of exhibitions across the country to popularise Madhubani.

Courses and workshops for aspiring artists are being conducted by `Samidha', a non-governmental organisation run by Trideep in his hometown.

The first student of this organisation, which started in 1996, was a German woman.

RESHMI SHAJI

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