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but is likely to file nomination for Legislative Council membership on Tuesday. The posts of two state vice-presidents are also set to become vacant after the induction of Rajya Sabha member Shiv Pratap Shukla and Baghpat MP Satyapal Singh into the Union Cabinet on Sunday. The ‘Thriller’ hitmaker’s new abode is very near to the spooky caves which have a 20 miles of mysterious underground passageways. she would paint beautiful? fair faces on her canvas because that’s what she was told she lacked when she was growing up Apart from this just like all other painters she painted traditional Radha and Krishna love story “I have lived and grown in a community where women and their opinions were never taken seriously But it was just not acceptable to me” she says She started expressing her dissent in her paintings “I wanted to start a revolution” she says Rani was born in a conservative Brahmin family in Brahmotra Sagarpur district Bihar where access to education for girls was rare She had to put up a fight with her family to continue studies She completes her matriculation in 1979 “Initially I used to paint at home There was a beautiful kohbar art (wall painting) made in our home by my grandmother I never saw my grandmother but I found inspiration in that painting My aunt used to paint alpanas a kind of painting made on the floor with rice flour I used to sit with her and watch her paint for hours” Rani first found work as a painter in an NGO where she was placed in a government Short Stay home for women The shelter home was for women abandoned by their families or for those who took refuge there to escape escaping abuse from families She was entrusted with the task of listening to their stories She took a step further and started painting their life stories on the walls of the shelter home This is where the seed for contemporary Madhubani paintings germinated in her mind She drew her first contemporary painting in 2002 It was of a lesser known Sita It is believed that Sita the protagonist from the ancient text Ramayan was born in Mithila also the birthplace of Mithila painting Rani’s Sita was brave and fierce instead of the traditionally depicted devout loyal wife who stepped into a fire to prove her chastity When Rani was growing up she had seen most of the women in her community as ‘veiled lesser beings in the kitchen’ “I struggled to tear apart the ‘ghungat'(veil) to let the women see the world and let the world see the women as they chose to in my painting” Rani says she may not be the first to do so She says that ‘if one closely observes’ the Madhubani art women have always find ways to express themselves in their paintings She says that there was a time when child marriage was rampant A lot of child widows prohibited to wear colourful clothes expressed themselves through Madhubani painting They would take to the canvas to paint the life they wished to live She says “Women would paint Radha’s clothes with bright red colours they’d let her wear her long hair loose they’d give her colourful bangles to adorn herself with as if they were dressing themselves up ” ‘Two Women’ — Exploring companionship ‘Husband Leaving’ Rani through her artworks has also taken to splashing vibrant colours on her canvas She has explored female friendships the anxiety of lonely wives of migrant husbands the new age women She currently lives in the district of Madhubani where the practice of sex selective abortions is rampant “There are women getting beaten up by the drunkard husbands almost like a routine There are little girl children who are not allowed to go to schools” she says These muffled voices are now heard on her canvas Two of her paintings from 2010 titled Abortion Clinic and Female Infanticide respectively are a commentary on the social evils that rampant around her ‘Abortion Clinic’ The painting ‘Abortion Clinic’ depicts the doctor as more venomous than a cobra Women undergo abortions mostly forced because of the preference for a male child at the cost of Rs 5000 according to Rani ‘Female Infanticide’ Female Infanticide a follow-up of Abortion Clinic is a response to a gruesome incident that she read in 2006 in a newspaper about how half a dozen female foetuses were found discarded in a well In the painting she depicts the many opportunities and blessings that a boy receives — shown standing on a ladder while the girls face hurdles — a snake coiled beneath the earth she stands on — even as they are left to live lives they did not choose to ‘Gazing at the moon’ Traditionally Madhubani art has five distinctive styles — Bharni Katchni Tantrik godna and kohbar It is believed that till the 1960s Bharni Kachni and Tantrik style were mainly done by upper caste — Brahmin and Kayashth women Since they lived a confined existence they were made to adhere strictly to specific themes and symbols pertaining to the rituals They mainly explored religious themes like Gods and Goddesses flora and fauna in their paintings People from the lower castes depicted aspects of their daily lives stories and symbols of of Raja Shailesh who was believed to be the guard of the village They allowed themselves greater freedom of expression by depicting day-to-day life Jamuna Devi’s portrait of a Chamar disposing of the carcass of a cow is a famous example of this Jamuna Devi herself belonged to the Chamar community In an interview with Sahapedia in November 2015 Rani said that Madhubani painting in its globalized form has become a medium through which caste barriers have been broken down She says “Traditionally the kind of themes that Dalits picked up to paint are now also being adopted by artists from the Brahmin community Artists from the Dalit community are also making mainstream Mithila painting Godhna painting is being made by women of all castes Here no one enquires about the caste of a painter anymore One can say that Mithila painting is like a movement which broke the caste barrier We respect Chano Devi as much as Mahasundari Devi Ganga Devi Jagdambha Devi or Sita Devi” Rani earned her doctorate in Women and Art in Mithila History from Darbhanga University in 2010 and is the first woman from her family to work outside In March2014 she visited Syracuse University campus for two weeks to take part in “Transformations in South Asian Folk Arts Aesthetics and Commodities” an event focusing on South Asian folk art traditions in the modern world with special emphasis on Mithila art She attributes her reinvention of the art form to tell women’s narratives to inspiration from Jagdamba Devi She was the first Madhubani painter to receive a Padma Shri in 1975 The honour to the artist from Jitwarpur village in Madhubani brought official recognition to the art form Rani says Jagdamba Devi was a child widow “Her last painting was on conjugality and it is considered to be one of her best” Guess that explains the relationship between Madhubani paintings and women #GenderAnd — Rethinking how we cover gender in mainstream media Click here to read about our new series You can also help us find more such stories using #GenderAnd in your conversations The story was first published on June 1 For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services 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Colorado, Gallery 21 and Bengal Art Lounge,” wrote Vignesh on his Twitter page. “Work has never been an issue for us.” the MP demanded to know." "May 27th is the last weekend action can safely be taken before pollination, it can assemble a pretty good profile. So it took us seven years to work together again after my debut film. From Raj Kapoor with whom she worked very late in Chor Mandali to Manoj KumarDev AnandDharmendraShashi KapoorJoy MukerjiRaaj KumarBiswajeet and othersAsha enjoyed working with them all InterestinglyVinod Khanna played her son in Main Tulsi (though they never shared a frame)her brother in Aadha Din Aadhi Raather villainous suitor in Aan Milo Sajana and the daku who captured her in Mera Gaon Mera Desh And Asha has a tangential but relevant point of view on her heroes: I feel sad that todays comedians imitate these actors without realising how great they were as human beings as well?through early other films like Ghunghat,he pauses to admire one of the mural images from the iconic 1960 film ‘La Dolce Vita’ that adorns the walls.

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