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Facts About Mandana Art Of Madhya Pradesh

Mandana Art

The Indian states of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh are known for their traditional Mandana wall and floor paintings. They are painted in homes as a form of protection, as a way to attract wealth and health, as a way to welcome the gods into the home, as a way to celebrate special anniversaries, etc. Similar paintings, known as Mandalas, are produced throughout the majority of Nepal.

Why is Mandana Art used?

The art is mostly used to decorate floors in Madhya Pradesh, but it is utilized on both walls and floors in Rajasthan. The village ladies in Rajasthan's Sawai Madhopur region are renowned for having the ability to create straightforward designs with exact symmetry and accuracy. The Meenas, one of the oldest tribal groups in India, is the source of the art.

Where Mandana Art Can be Created?

Only clay floors or walls can be used to create Mandana artwork. A mixture of cow dung, rati (a native clay), and red ochre is used to prepare the ground that will serve as the canvas for Mandana art. For the motif, lime or chalk powder is used. A piece of cotton, a tuft of hair, and/or a crude brush formed from a date stalk are the additional instruments utilized.

Motifs for Art 

Lord Ganesha, peacocks, working ladies, tigers, floral themes, etc. are among the design's motifs. The most prevalent and, some may argue, the signature motif of these pieces is the peacock.


The artists have added several different themes over the years, including the tractor, bus, bullock cart, bicycle, motorcycle, etc.

A dying Art

Due to the growing number of concrete homes, which are unsuitable for this art, which can only be done on clay-walled walls, and the decreasing number of buyers of the art as it is, Mandana art is dying and the artists are finding fewer and fewer jobs even within villages.

In a nation and community where traditional employment for women was very infrequently encouraged, it is also a source of traditional employment for women. The look of the actual work has a feminine feel to it. For instance, you won't see many warrior men in the artwork, and floral and peacock patterns are considerably more seductive to female viewers.