Born in a small town Raghopur, of Saharsa district of North, Bihar. Manisha is a self-taught artist who picked up this art from her mother and grandmother very naturally during different festivals. Unlike her mother and grandmother who practiced this art only on floor and wall, Manisha started drawing Madhubani paintings on her textbooks and any paper, which was available to her. Manisha’s first exhibition was sponsored by India International Center, New Delhi in 1998; in the same year she exhibited her works in Goa and Gujarat and from then on, started a full fledged artistic career along with her architectural practice. Along with her sisters Puja and Bandana, she has been taking workshops throughout the country to introduce people from all walks of life to different aspects of Madhubani paintings.
Among her awards are the prestigious State Award from Government of Delhi, 2008, the Kala-bharti award from the Bihar Sanshriti Mandal, Baroda, 1999 and Jaiprakash Narayan award in the field of Madhubai painting, 2002. She is an active scholar and has presented papers on Mithila painting at Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi and also at National Museum, New Delhi. Manisha has been a visiting faculty in different architecture schools of Vadodara. She currently pursues her art and a freelance architectu-ral career in New Delhi and is writing a book on different aspects of Madhubani paintings. She also supports training centres for Madhubani artists to produce and market their work.