Ladoo Bai was born in the 50’s in the district of Jhabua in the state of Madhya Pradesh in the heart of India.
Like Jangarh Singh Shyam, she was discovered by Jagdish Swaminathan during his research tours through the tribal districts of Madhya Pradesh. Her paintings celebrate the wildlife and vegetation through a tangle of colorful representations, manifestations of the primal energy. The human being appears in her paintings as in a trance, participating to a cosmic dance. The subjects are part of the canvas as the performers of an opera, an ode to nature. Anthropomorphism makes man an animal, an animal a plant. The effect of its painting orchestration communicates fullness, the one of the regeneration of power.
"Ladoo Bai delights herself in a dynamic asymmetry between some refined details and others deliberately left unfinished, fallow, to become" (Ranjit Hoskote, as in “Now That the trees Have Spoken”, Pundole Art Gallery Mumbai 2009). Many of her paintings are composed around the theme of the dance, the deer and antelope, the one of the goddesses, trees and herons, snakes and hunters, turtles and riders. Some forms that fascinate her recall the late Stone Age. Similar silhouettes are, for example, in the Bhimbetka caves in central India. Their persistence in the work of Ladoo Bai, derives as much as a genealogical continuity assigned to ritualistic imagery, as her perception of relations existing between man and nature.
The work of Ladoo Bai was the subject of numerous exhibitions both in India and abroad.