The district of Madhubani in Bihar forms part of the
broader geographical and cultural area called Mithila. Vibrant traditions of ritual
paintings have been practiced by women in the region since centuries, as
a simple means of
self expression. This style of painting is today known alternatively by the names
"Madhubani/ Mithila painting".
.The first and second stamps, depicting the paintings "Flower Girls" by Smt.
Nirmala Devi and "Bali and Sugriva" by Smt. Sanjula Devi respectively, possess
the extraordinary charm of primordial art reflected in highly
stylised and simplified
The third stamp, featuring the painting "Krishna with Gopies" by Smt. Anmana
Devi draws upon mythology for its central theme.
The fourth stamp shows detail of the central wall of a 'Kohbar-Ghar', mural painted by
late Smt.Ganga Devi at the 'Craft Museum', New Delhi. It shows the lotus plant motif,a
symbol of growth and fertility. Attention is given to minute details such as flower and
foliage, ornaments and animals, which brings a certain richness and delicacy to the