Baua Devi is a Mithila or Madhubani painting artist born in Jitwarpur village of Madhubani district in Bihar. Baua Devi has been doing Mithila art for almost 60 years. She was a teenager when she met a Mumbai artist, Bhaskar Kulkarni, who encouraged her to work and took her works to the museum. She narrates pauranic stories through her work and her themes include the wedding of Rama and Sita and scenes from the epics, Mahabharata and Ramayana. She won the National Award in 1984 and received the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2017.