I, bandana kumari, come from khagaul, Danapur Province, which is located near Patna City of India. I have always been fond of the State of Bihar’s popular folk art, which is Madhubani painting, and has throughout fascinated me. I always used to be attracted by the color schemes used in the art from my childhood days. During my early years, on the imprints of Madhubani style, I gave a lot of importance to the lines, and to the details, using only three colors; black, white and maroon. My father has always been my backbone. He always used to cheer me up and call me, 'My Lioness Daughter.' These words of his got engraved in my mind, and in the days to come ahead, the image of a lioness came smoothly flowing into my paintings. Making the lioness a medium, I try to show a powerful woman because I want to see a woman on the highest level of the societal hierarchy. Hence, the faces of lioness and lion give me energy as I work. Yes, but along with it, by filling the female's body with the motifs of flowers, moon, butterflies, etc., I try to express the gentleness and compassion that a lady has within her. Most of my female characters portray females. However, on male ones too, I paint the head as that of the lion, and in the internal rendering, I depict rain, animals, clouds, etc., that represents the masculinity, love, and compassion that a male has. Like our folk and tribal community, which has a tradition of tattooing (godna), with which a person associates his/her identity and portrays a personality in the society. The ornamentations in my work are the extended version of the same. Using only flora and fauna in the detailing is my way of expressing my belief that all the elements of nature do exist in humankind, too; firewater, air, earth, and sky.
- MBachelors In Fine Arts In Painting C - College Of Arts An Crafts,Patna
- Magnolias Club & Apparao Galleries DLF Gurgaon City.
- Hidden Aspect ,Apparao Galleries, New Delhi City, India.
- Prakrit Arts Gallery Chennai City, India.
- A Group Exhibition for Jaipur Art Summit, Jaipur City, India.
- Participated in a Group Show in Jaipur City, India.
- A Group Exhibition Rangayan in Jaipur Kala Mela, Jaipur City, India.