MANISHA JHA

"Born in a small town Raghopur, of Saharsa district of North, Bihar.Manisha is a self-taught artist who picked up this art from her mother and grandmother very naturally during different festivals. Unlike her mother and grandmother who practiced this art only on floor and wall, Manisha started drawing Madhubani paintings on her textbooks and any paper, which was available to her. She was best athlete of her school and was very active in music and dance. After her schooling in Delhi, Manisha completed three years Diploma in interior designing and display from New Delhi Polytechnic For Women. Apart from her school and college work her passion for madhubani paintings kept on increasing. Along with her professional degrees she continued her self-learning process in madhubani painting. Her educational career gave new dimension and outlook towards her paintings. This can be observed in her works till now. By the time she finished her Masters in urban and regional planning Manisha had more than 200 madhubani paintings to her credit. It was at this point of time that she thought of exhibiting her works in galleries. In 1998, first exhibition of Manisha was sponsored by India International Center, New Delhi; in the same year she exhibited her works in Goa and Gujarat. She got lots of appreciation from various art critics, artists and people from all fields. Since then Manisha has never looked back in her life. She has dedicated her whole life to madhubani paintings. Manisha along with her sisters has been taking free workshops through out the country, to introduce people from all sections of life on different aspects of Madhubani paintings. Presently Manisha is writing two books on different aspects of Madhubani paintings. Manisha is working as a freelance architect in Vadodara and New Delhi. She has been a visiting faculty in different architecture schools of Vadodara "

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