Ambika Devi is a renowned Madhubani artist from Rashidpur, Bihar. She began learning the craft from her mother at the age of 12 and has since continued the centuries-old tradition, preserving the art form for future generations. Her signature style, known as 'Line Work', features fine and intricate patterns using only two colours - red and black. Although she is skilled with a range of colours and mediums, Ambika prefers the sophisticated and labour-intensive nature of line work.
In 2018, Ambika attended 'Kala Sangam,' an event that promotes cultural ties between India and Singapore. While there, she had the honour of meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who admired her work and purchased it. Despite travelling alone from Bihar to Singapore, Ambika showed great courage and determination, a trait that impressed the Prime Minister.
Ambika's work has garnered widespread recognition and her Madhubani art on the pandemic has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Hindu, BBC, and Mint, along with an article on the CDC website. In 2009, she was awarded the National Award for her outstanding contributions to the field of Madhubani painting.