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SCENES FROM RAMAYANA:


Prince Rama, his brother Lakshmana, and the monkey king Sugriva fight the demon Ravana and his army (above)
by Krishna Nand Jha. India;
Mithila region, Bihar state.
Ink and colors on paper.
1975-1982
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Museum acquisition made possible in part by the Society for Asian Art, 1999.39.41. Used by permission.

 

 


Scenes from the last book of the Ramayana )
by Shashi Kala Devi. India; Mithila region, Bihar State.
Ink and colors on paper.
1981

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.
Museum acquisition made possible in part by
the Society for Asian Art, 1999.39.50.
Used by permission.

EVERYDAY LIFE:


"Women's Work" (above)
by Vinita Jha, village Rajnagar
Madhubani District
2002
Ethnic Arts Foundation
Used by permission.

Bindi Priya image

"Education" By Bindi Priya at Mithila Art Institute. "Upper left, the young girl is crying because her brother is going to school but her parents won't send her because they say she only needs domestic skills. Upper center, she dutifully gets married. Upper right, her in-laws criticize and beat her because she is not educated. Lower left, she returns to her parents who are angry at her for having failed as a wife and brought shame upon them. She considers suicide. Lower center, she decides instead to get an education and goes to school. Lower right, she becomes a teacher and specifically teaches young girls so that what happened to her won't happen to them! Note the books all the way around the frame."

 


"Women's Woes" of "Universality of Patriarchy"(above)
by Pinki Kumari, Mithila Art Institute
2004
Madhubani District
Ethnic Arts Foundation
Used by permission.

The woman in the center is crying, because going form left to right, whether Christian, Muslim, Hindu, or Sikh - represented by the four men - all of their societies are patriarchal. What this means to her (above her head) is that (from the left) she is under a man's foot/control, they drink/get drunk, she has to care for the children, prepare the food, and wash and clean everything. On the upper left the man spends his time drinking. At the lower left the boy gets to study, while in the lower right the young girl only gets to dream of studying, and instead, in the upper right, is closed in the house, in tears. And even when she thinks about books (in the upper right of the yellow circle), they get literally torn out of her hands. I am not sure what the clasped hands in the blue and the frame are intended to convey, but perhaps the need for solidarity among women." - David Szanton, Ethnic Arts Foundation.


"The Bus" (above)
by Gopal Saha, village Laheriaganj
Madhubani District
2004
Ethnic Arts Foundation
Used by permission.

train with landscape image
"Train with Landscape" (above)
by Kamelsh Roy, Mithila Art Institute
2004
Ethnic Arts Foundation
Used by permission.



"Marriage Icons" (above)
by Pinki Kumari, Mithila Art Institute
Madhubani District
2004

Ethnic Arts Foundation
Used by permission.


Marriage chamber (khobar ghar) images (above)
by Indu Kumari, Mithila Art Institute, 2004
Madhubani District
Ethnic Arts Foundation
Used by permission.

CONTEMPORARY THEMES:


"The 9/11 attack on the World Trade Towers" (above)
by Kamelsh Roy, Mithila Art Institute
2003
Ethnic Arts Foundation
Used by permission.

 


"The Cricket Match: India vs Pakistan" (right)
by Kamlesh Roy, Mithila Art Institute
2004
From the collection of Vishnu Padayachee.
Used by permission.

 

HINDU RELIGIOUS
IMAGES:



Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva (above)
by Ranjini Devi, Madhubani, 2004
Madhubani District
Ethnic Arts Foundation
Used by permission.


Krisha as cowherd (above)
by Archana Kumari, Mithila Art Institute, 2004
Madhubani District
Ethnic Arts Foundation
Used by permission.

 

DESIGN:

 


"The Toddy Tree" (above)
by Rampari Devi,
village Jitwarpur
Madhubani District
2004
Ethnic Arts Foundation
Used by permission.


"Lord Salhesh on his Elephant with his Brothers, and the Sun," (above)
by Ram Kumari,
village Jitwarpur
Madhubani District
2004
Ethnic Arts Foundation
Used by permission.

 


"Lotus Pond with Flowers, Fish, Turtles, Snakes and Crabs" (above)
by Bipha Das, village Ranti
Madhubani District

2003
Ethnic Arts Foundation
Used by permission.


"Village festival, with River and Shiva Lingam" (above)
by Lalita Devi, Jitwarpur, 2004
Madhubani District
Ethnic Arts Foundation
Used by permission.

UNIT CONTENTS

What is this unit?
Lesson 1:Visual Literacy
Lesson 2: Art History
Lesson 3: Social History
Lesson 4: Art Practice
Lesson 5: An Exhibition