– डा. कैलाश कुमार मिश्र
(आलेख अंग्रेजी मे अछि, लेकिन काफी रास महत्वपूर्ण जनतबक संग एक दक्ष-विज्ञ-प्रसिद्ध-सिद्ध कलाकारक परिचय संग लिखल गेल अछि, काफी रास पाठक लेल ई आलेख महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका निभा सकैत अछि ताहि दृष्टिकोण सँ मैथिली जिन्दाबाद पर प्रकाशित कय रहल छी। पोस्टः साभार कैलाश कुमार मिश्र जीक फेसबुक पोस्ट)
Likhiya : An Exhibition of Mithila Paintings at IGNCA
#Manisha_Jha is a committed artist of Mithila or Madhubani Painting. She is an extraordinary painter, a creative genius, an art entrepreneur, and, most importantly a wonderful human being. Manisha is an ideal brotherly-daughter, an experimental and emotionally tuned teacher, a caring and committed mother, and last but not the least, a change agent for the women associated with her as artists and creative community. Talking to Manisha is always an opportunity of learning new things for me.
Manisha has curated the best exhibition of Mithila Painting. The themes, the alignment, the spacing, the captions, the catalogue, the colour combination, her imagination in the painting, the history of paintings, women in changing times, everything is fantastically exhibited. It was a rare and unforgettable moment for both of us Dr. Geeta Malhotra and me.
I have been trying to understand the finer details of Mithila paintings as an art form and also as folk creativity and ritual practice from the performers , precisely from the women of #Mithila, my MOTHERLAND with Manisha from past 15 plus years. The more I go deep into the tradition, the more I discover my ignorance about it.
Manisha has curated this exhibition in the big hall of #CV_Mess of #IGNCA which was once upon a time happened to be my office where I worked with legendary Prof. Baidyanath Saraswati and Dr. Ranajit Bhattacharya. The huge space has been carefully utilized by creative Manisha to showcase all the artworks she has done with the fellow women at IGNCA in past 16 years. Her academic training in ARCHITECTURE and her passion for home decoration has made this exhibition a never seen before kind of event in Delhi.
The themes such as paintings narrating the #Madhushravani, #Ramayan, #Mahabharat are very fascinating and engaging. The captions and placement do not allow a visitor to go anywhere for two quality hours. They are simply mesmerizing. Again, in #Gunmati_Nari section she has exhibited the creative excellence and history of development of the women of Mithila with the passage of time.
The representative high standard artworks of five Padmashri awardee of Mithila paintings are a rare bonus for the visitors.
She has also exhibited the paintings of earliest painters she obtained from various sources from France and other countries of the world.
A well designed with finest details and crafted in poetic language CATALOGUE is also in display which a curious researcher or a lover of art can buy as a souvenir for lifetime. It can be a lifetime reference material on Mithila painting. I would say, all organizations working in any form of Mithila culture in Delhi and NCR should buy and keep this catalogue in their library.
Manisha spends 10 quality hours as a matchless devotee of this artwork in the venue and explains her complete curatorial work with innovative mindset of a schoolteacher. She doesn’t want to miss any visitor.
Thank you so very much Manisha and thank you IGNCA for displaying such a huge wealth of Mithila paintings through this rare exhibition.