Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed gratitude for the gesture by Dulari Devi, an artist from Bihar’s Madhubani, who presented him a sample of her artwork during an informal interaction with Padma awardees at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
- Dulari Devi (born 1968) is an Indian artist and illustrator, working in the Mithila art tradition.
- She practices both, the ‘Kachnhi’ (line sketching) ‘and ‘Bharni’ (colored) styles of Madhubani but has indicated a preference for the latter.
- She 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. Mahasundari Devi introduced her to another artist, Karpoori Devi, who also taught Dulari Devi Madhubani art and techniques.
- In 2021, she was a recipient of the Padma Shri, a civilian honour granted by the Government of India, for her contributions to art.