Lakshminath Jha, the Great Royal Artist of Mithila

Lakshminath Jha
Lakshminath Jha

Lakshminath Jha

Born on 14th Feb 1917 and died on 06th August 1990.

His father was Pt. Punyanath Jha, a great landlord of his time, hailed from Sarisab-Pahi, a village under the old Darbhanga (now Madhubani) district. The village is internationally reputed for intellectual fertility, academic excellence and cultural significance.

Mr. Jha, brought up in a royal atmosphere, developed keen interest in art, especially the classical painting of the colonial era. Largely following the trends, established by Raja Ravi Verma and his contemporaries, the artist began with several drawings and sketches of the popular Gods and Goddesses of the Hindu Pantheon.

His Master

He was the chief disciple of Pt. Kedarnath Sharma of Benaras (Varanasi)

Works done    

Mr. Jha excelled in almost all the disciplines of classical painting and prepared several sets of painting of which Raga-Ragini, Vidyapati, Geetagovinda and Raas-leela deserve special mention.

These sets of painting are preserved in the various museums and art-collections. His Tantric Paintings have always left an indelible imprint on the mind and heart of the connoisseur whosoever has perused them. <<read in detail>>

Published work

This multidimensional artist published a rare work on Classical Mithila Painting, ‘Cultural Folk- art Of Mithila’ in the year 1962. The book containing 45 (Forty-five) colored plates strictly based on the ancient, medieval and modern ritual paintings, still prevalent in the region, was highly appreciated by the then doyens of culture and art like Roy Krishna Das and K. Srimali.

Unpublished works

  • In addition to his rare work on Yantras used in the different Tantric cults.
  • The profusely illustrated KAMASUTRASA is, by all means, the lifetime artistic achievement of the artist. This unique work is enviably significant both for India and abroad. He prepared a unique book of painting strictly based on the Sutras(Aphorisms) of the KAMASUTRA of Vatsyayana which contain 115 (one hundred and fifteen) color plates. The most significant feature of this rare Artwork is, that the artist backed by his extensive studies on Indian Erotic, especially the KAMASUTRA, has painted all the relevant Sutras of Vatsyayana in such a magnificent manner that right from the division of the genitals, the various stages of love and finally the different positions of coitus have been vividly illustrated. This artwork is, undeniably one of the greatest achievements of Lakshminath Jha.

Paintings exhibited

His paintings were exhibited at different art galleries of India, of which special mention should be made about an exhibition held at Trivendrum, inaugurated by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of independent India.

Awards and Honors.

Recipient of several awards and honours, Mr. Jha had, to his credit, several portraits of the different luminaries of the country.

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(Written by his son Dr. Mitranath Jha)

Rakesh Kumar

Rakesh kumar

(A freelancer artist at Delhi)

Date of Birth -2nd  January 1989  

Father’s name : Shri   Bhavanath Jha

Present address : C/O Bhavanath Jha, Publication incharge,       Mahavir Mandir Publication, Patna (Bihar)- 800001

Contact no. 8972595783, 9709675349

Email id: rakeshkumar.artist@gmail.com

Marital status – Unmarried 

Sex – Male 

Nationality- Indian

Permanent address- Village & PO – Hatadh Rupouli, Via- Jhanjharpur, Dist. – Madhubani, Bihar-847404

Education

Experience

  • Working as an Art and Craft Teacher, THE FABINDIA SCHOOL, Bali, Rajasthan.  From April 2016 – continued.
  • Exhibitions
  • Young Santiniketan Artist’s Exhibition, SSVAD– 2015
  • 47th Annual Exhibition, Birla Academy Of Art & Culture, Kolkata- 2014
  • Kala Bhavana Art Exhibition at GORKI SADAN, Kolkata- 2014
  • College Annual Exhibition at College Of Arts & Craft, Patna- 2009-2013

Participations

  • Visual art performance in Patna & Santiniketan 2016
  • Mother Earth National Visual Art Camp Organised by Yugantar Art, Craft & Culture Foundation, Ranchi-2015
  • International Workshop On Black- House: Art & Architecture Organised by Kala Bhavana, Visva- Bharti, Santiniketan- 2015
  • Art workshop organised by dept. Of Fine Arts, Andhra University-2014
  • National workshop on glass sculpture Organized by Silpa- Sadan, Visva- Bharti,  Santiniketan.
  • ‘Samhita’- National level Workshop Cum Seminar Organized by College Of Art, New Delhi- 2012
  • Sand Sculpture competition, Patna- 2012
  • One Day Performance Art workshop, at SARAI, New Delhi-2011
  • Performance Art Workshop By ‘Antaryatra’ , Patna-2011
  • Clay modeling competition by CMS VATAVARAN, Patna- 2011

Awards

  • Award for best Sculpture, College Annual Exhibition , College Of Arts & Crafts, Patna- 2011, 2012 & 2013
  • Award for best Photography, College Annual Exhibition, College of Arts & Crafts, Patna-, 2012 & 2013

Grant

  • Grant for Research through Artist Welfare Fund By Dept. Of Art, Culture & Youth. By Govt. of Bihar – 2015

Research

  • Submitted Dissertation work in Master’s Programme- “ Mithila Ki Lok Moortikala Ka Vivechanatmak Adhayayana” ( Analytical Study Of Folk Sculpture Of Mithila)- 2015

Other Experiences

  • Worked as assistant artist in Art studio, Mahabalipuram, Tamilnadu
  • Worked as an Art Director in many Hindi and Maithili Play Publication Design
  • Making Public Sculpture and various forms of Art
  • Photography
  • Video-Photography
  • Video editing

Language KnownMaithili, Hindi, English, Bangla, Magahi, Bhojpuri

Hobbies- Reading books, Composing Poem, playing chess, Swimming


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