The origin of Madhubani or Mithila art from India is shrouded in antiquity and Indian mythology. This art form is created traditionally by women of villages around the present towns of Madhubani, Darbhanga and other areas of Mithila, in India. Historically this art was created in the form of paintings on freshly plastered mud walls and floors of huts, but now Madhubani artists as they are called have graduated to other mediums like cloth, handmade paper and canvas. Madhubani paintings are made from the paste of powdered rice and the colors used are derived from various plants. This art form is one of the most authentic organic art forms.
Madhubani art depicts mythological themes such as Indian deities from ancient epics, figures from nature like the sun, moon, plants like the tulsi; and social events like weddings along with scenes from historical Indian courtrooms. Generally no space is left empty; the gaps are filled by paintings of flowers, animals, birds, and even geometric designs. This art is a simplistic manifestation of the philosophical heights achieved by Indian civilization for the universal power of love, longing and peace.