About Indian Tribal Artists- Dulari Devi

Born in 1968, Dulari Devi is an Indian artist and illustrator, working in the Mithila or Madhubani art tradition. In 2021, she was awarded the Padma Shri Award, a civilian honour granted by the Government of India, for her contributions to art. She did not receive any formal education, and learned to draw and illustrate in the Madhubani style while she was working as a domestic servant in the home of Madhubani artist Mahasundari Devi, who introduced her to another artist, Karpoori Devi, who also taught her Madhubani art and techniques.Dulari's work follows the Madhubani art tradition, a folk art school that developed in the Indian state of Bihar. Her work is able to move between various traditional stylistic divisions and displays immense skill. In addition, her choice of themes and description has been cited as an example of the increasing expression of empowerment among women. Her work has also been described as "...combining community traditions with modern themes"