Manjusha Art is folk art of Ang region which is based on Folklore of Bihula-Bishari. Ang region in modern era known as Bhagalpur. It is one of the popular art form of Bihar.
What is Manjusha ?
The name Manjusa is also associated with an elaborate story, a goddess and also a festival celebrated in Bhagalpur. The Sanskrit word “Manjusa”means a box and Manjusas are temple shaped boxes, made of bamboo, Jute-Straw and Paper inside which the devotees keep their ceremonial materials. These boxes are however illustrated with paintings that tell a tale. The tale is that of Bihula who saved her husband from the deity’s wrath and a snake-bite and also of Bishahari or Mansa, the snake goddess known for her anger when displeased but also her fierce protectiveness when propitiated.
Characteristic of Manjusha Art
1. Three colors used in Manjusha Art
2. In Manjusha Art Borders are very Important.
3. Manjusha Art is a Line drawing Art.
4. Manjusha Art is a Folk Art.
5. Manjusha Art is a Scroll Painting.
6. Manjusha Art is completely based on folklore of Bihula-Bishari.
7. In Manjusha Art Characters are displayed as X letter of English Alphabets.
8. Major Motifs of Manjusha Art – Snake, Champa Flower, Sun, Moon, Elephant, Turtle, Fish, Maina Bird, Kamal Flower, Kalash Pot, Arrow Bow, ShivLing, Tree
9. Major Characters of Manjusha Art – Lord Shiva, Mansa DeVi (Bishari), Bihula, Bala, Hanuman, Chandu Saudagar
10. Borders in Manjusha Art – Belpatr, Lehariya, Triangle, Mokha, Snakes
11.Manjusha Art portrays cultural essence and rituals of Ang region.
12.In Manjusha Art borders are very important, every painting must contains one or more border in it.
Manjusha art is very vibrant and eye catching design & Colours.