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Bharti Dayal (B. 1961)

Bharti Dayal was born in December 1961 in Samastipur in northern Bihar, a region corresponding to the ancient kingdom of Mithila. As a young girl, she learnt Mithila’s Madhubani art form from her mother and grandmother. Dayal started to produce paintings professionally in 1984. Since 1991 she has lived and worked in New Delhi. During her career she has sought to change a practice common to Madhubani (Mithila) painters, that of replicating earlier, sometimes flawed, works. While remaining true to the traditional roots of the Mithila style, her pieces have a fresh contemporary look. Dayal is not only...