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Sunanda Sahay [Schedule]

Sunanda Sahay grew up in Darbhanga, the heart of the Madhubani region in northern India. The region, part of Mithila, lies near the border of India and Nepal and carries a rich pastel of cultural legacy in art and literature. Artistic interests led Sunanda to seek out practitioners of the art from local villages and learn directly from them.

Despite royal patronage, Madhubani paintings have retained their simplistic folk origins. It is a living art and visitors can see lovely murals on the clay walls of Madhubani village homes even today. Sunanda's works have stayed true to the traditional themes of mythology and social customs, and her style has not deviated from the dense, arching, and brightly colored strokes characteristic of the art. Though a few male artists have received renown in recent years in this art, Madhubani paintings have customarily been practiced exclusively by women.

Sunanda has been painting for over a decade and has held exhibitions and workshops at the Peabody Essex Museum (2007, 2009, 2010), Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), the National Heritage Museum(with Vision-Aid), Boston Childrens. Museum, Danforth Museum, and the Massachusetts College of Art. She has also held exhibitions and interactive workshops at public schools and libraries in several nearby towns, including Acton, Lexington, Newton, Lincoln, Weston, Wellesley, and Cambridge, and designed covers for children.s magazines. She has addressed students at Pine Manor college, Wellesley college and other community places.

The paintings have received widespread attention and acclaim, including several juried show selections, and awards by the Fitchburg Art Museum(2009) and the Massachusetts Cultural Council (2010). She has been invited by Mass General Hospital to exhibit her art for emotional healing of the cancer patients.