Ambika Devi hails from Rasidpur village in Madhubani district, Bihar, once part of Mithila, an ancient city that is now divided between India and Nepal. Carrying on an artistic tradition passed down from mother to daughter, Devi herself learned the craft Of Madhubani painting from her mother, Smt. Leela Devi, at the age of 12. Madhubani art, also known as Mithila painting, originated in the kingdom of Mithilanchal and is practiced in the Mithila region of Bihar state, India, and the adjoining parts of Terai in Nepal since the ages of antiquity. Coloured in free hand figures, this rich style of art depicts scenes from Hindu mythologies, gods and goddesses, nature and daily life. Originally, Mithila paintings were done on walls of houses during festive events such as births, marriages, holy ceremonies. When the agricultural economy of the Madhubani district dwindled during a drought between 1966-1968, a representative from the All Indo-Nepal Handicrafts Board was sent to encourage the women artists to transfer the art from the walls to paper and canvas for sale and ensuring a sustainable income. This also preserved the art form for posterity. In 2009, Ambika Devi received the National Award, and has since participated in several exhibitions, workshops and training programmes in various schools and colleges across India. She has also participated in Marie Claire - Dastkar fashion show, which brought together 15 designers with crafts persons from all over India to create trendy garments using traditional crafts in their own influential style.
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