Angika Art : Manjusha Art

According to legend, Manjusha art or Angika Art traces its origin to the Bihula-Vishahri or Mansha folktale, popular in erstwhile Anga Pradesh and found also in an altered form in West Bengal. The Manjushas, which are made up of Jute straws and paper, depict sketches of different charecters, apart from those of Gods and Goddesses, thereby giving a vivid description of the entire mythology attached to Bishahari puja. The paintings are drawn primarily on the occasion of the Bishari puja, celebrated usually in August to propitiate the snake gods. As Bihula’s boat was decorated by a character called Lahsan Mali, this art has been confined to the Mali or gardener caste. Like Madhubani, Manjushas too are pictorial reflections of folklore, poetry and the larger cultural consciousness of the Anga region. Manjushas are temple-shaped boxes, made of bamboo, jute straw, and paper. Manjusha is considered by many as modern art , due to their form and abstract themes. This is why the art -lover who discovered… Read More