The paintings by Durga Bai are popular for their unique storytelling quality. Her works talk about her birthplace, Burbaspur, a small village in the Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh. She has painted several goddesses: Ratmaimurkhuri, Maharalin Mata, Khero Mata, Budi Mai, and Kulsahinmata. Durga, and also painted the males gods like Bada Dev and Chula Dev. Durga was honoured by the Handicraft Development Council (2004). Durga with two other Gond artists, Ram Singh Urveti and Bhajju Shyam, were presented the Bologna Ragazzi Award for their illustrated book, The Night Life of Trees (2008). She also received an award from the IGNCA (Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, 2007).