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Restore Late Ganga Devi's Madhubani Murals at National Crafts Museum in Delhi

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According to a report in Times of India, Titled, "Crafts museum ‘renovation’ wipes out famed Madhubani murals", A painted chamber which had beautiful ceiling-to-floor murals by renowned Madhubani artist, the late Ganga Devi, has been demolished as part of a new modernization plan at the National Crafts Museum, sparking an outcry from art lovers in the Capital. The room was painted by Ganga Devi over six months in the 1990s when she was undergoing chemotherapy and had to stay at the Crafts Museum. She distracted herself from the pain by devoting her energy to creating a Mithila style kohbar ghar, the room where marriages are solemnized and consummated in Bihar. She died a year later. Jyotindra Jain, who was then director of the Crafts Museum and saw the artist at work, said he was shocked by the destruction. "Ganga Devi gave new direction to Madhubani painting. She was a legend and her contribution was recognized with a Padma Shri. The chamber was a unique monument in the history of contemporary folk and tribal arts of India."

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Ganga Devi (1928-1991) was an Indian painter, considered by many as one of the leading exponents of Madhubani painting tradition. She is credited with popularising the Madhubani painting outside India.She was born in 1928 in Mithila in the Indian state of Bihar in a kayastha family and took to the traditional painting craft, specialising in the kachni (line drawing) style.She travelled abroad with her art and was a part of the Festival of India in the United States, which yielded a number of paintings under the title, America series, including Moscow Hotel, Festival of American Folk Life, and Ride in a Roller Coaster.The Government of India awarded her the National Award for Crafts and followed it up with the fourth highest civilian award of Padma Shri in 1984.

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