Meenakshi Jha Banerjee | The Love For Mithila Painting

Meenakshi is a contemporary professional painter, working for almost two decades. Her works bear the reflections of the vivid and vibrant panorama of tradition, embedded in the folk paintings of the Mithila region of Bihar as her roots are deep sown in Madhubani.

Her explorations with the folk forms and elements have evolved into a signature style where feelings, emotions, elements, intricacies and tradition are merged with current subjects, modern medium and contemporary skill, in a diversified dimension.

She is best known for her experimentation with the traditional elements of Mithila art forms. Over the years, she has evolved a signature style of my own where the feelings, emotions, elements, intricacies and tradition of Madhubani paintings are merged with current subjects, modern medium and contemporary skill, in a diversified dimension.

She started initially by practicing the traditional and colloquial techniques and slowly evolved her own signature style and started responding to social actions and contemporarisation. Her works are inspired by the intricate simplicity of the folk art which she inherited and the vibrancy of modern masters and one can easily see this in her works which have a balanced influence of both. Each piece of her work has minute and intricate detailing which reflects the skill and multiple layering/patching on selective areas reflecting the understanding of the pallete and mood.

Her works are in the private collections and displays at various Government and Corporate organizations like Offices of Govt. of Bihar, Buddha International Museum, Patna  Indian railways, Airport Authority, Life insurance corporation of India, Unicef, ITC  etc. She has been adorned with a couple of laurels including the prestigious Bihar Kala Samman ( State award) for 2013.

In the past few years she has been continuously exploring themes like ‘hijras’, Kali , shakti, et al.
Awards & Recognitions


•Bihar kala samman 2013
•All India National exhibition –two consecutive years
•Swami Vivekanand Yuva Puraskar
•Sidheswari Devi Puraskar
•V P Sinha foundation award
•R N Pandey smriti Puraskar

Major Exhibitions

•Solo show at India Habitat Center New Delhi/December/ 2013
•State Award “young artist” by Dept. of Art& Culture, Govt. of  Bihar/ Feb 2013
•State workshop “ Lalit Kala Akademi , Bihar/2013
•Solo Show “Basanti “ at Lalit Kala Akademi , New Delhi (Aug 2012)
•Solo Show “ Basanti at Patna Art College  (March 2012)
•Solo Show “ Basanti at Art Maestro New Delhi, (Feb 2012)

Few of her works



Her paintings are displayed in various museums in Bihar.

An interview with well known Painter and Artist, Meenakshi Jha Banerjee from Bihar.