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Anjana Manjusha Art
Anjana Manjusha Art
Anjana Manjusha Art

Manjusha is a line drawing art which uses sequential and scroll style of representation. Typically, the motifs are from the “Bihula-Bishahari” folklore, i.e. plants of Champa, Snake near leaves, five Bishahari sisters, merchant Chandrasaudagar etc. Nowadays, other folklores are also painted in the same style like Lord Shiva, Ram-Sita etc. Borders are one of the important aspects of this painting and majorly depict flora and fauna. Only three colors are used for this style of painting, i.e. Pink, Yellow, Green. Currently, fabric colors are used as raw material. Initially, it started as a painting on a “Kalash”, it is a water vessel used for rituals, slowly it evolved to wall painting, painting on paper, painting on fabric etc


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			 								Anjana Devi is a Manjusha artisan from Bhagalpur, Bihar. She is a graduate in fine arts from Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh. Since childhood, she grew up watching this craft being practiced in her home. Growing up, she slowly learned the craft from her mother Nirmala Devi, well known Manjusha artisan and brother, Manoj Pandit who was awarded with the title of Manjusha Kala Guru by theMinistry of Culture in 2014. When she got married, she couldn’t dedicate a lot of time to the craft due to household work. But after some years, she and her husband felt the need of taking up this craft as the major earning for the house. Currently, Anjana Devi and her husband are full-time professional artisans of Manjusha art. They majorly get orders from government and also participate in a lot of exhibitions. She also gives training of Manjusha art in various institutes. She was awarded with “Rajya Medha Puruskar” in 2016-17 for her excellent display.  			 								

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