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The Completion of ‘Empowering Women through Mithila Art’ Training in Janakpur

Janakpurdham. One month training on ‘Empowering Women through Mithila Art’ has been completed yesterday at the Janakpur Art and Craft training hall .

“With the support of Diana J. Fox- an anthropologist and professor at Bridgewater State University, USA, the training has been conducted and completed,” said Mr. Ashok Sah-the coordinator of the training.

Mithila Art is a style of painting, practiced in the Mithila region of Nepal and at the northern part of India (boarder line of Nepal). The painting is done with a variety of tools, including fingers, twigs, brushes, nib-pens, and matchsticks and using natural dyes and pigments. It resembles the local cultures, lifestyles and their identities. Due to effect of modernization, people’s interest towards Mithila painting is slowly degraded. But few women have tuned it as their livelihood in the Mithila region of Nepal and India.     

According to Mr. Sah, “Diana has had her visit to Janakpurdham the last year. She was on her research to study the South Asian women for her Journal of International Women’s Studies. In the coordination of Mr. Ajit Sah- a famous Mithila artist, she got her time to visit the Janakpur Art and Craft and interviewed few women there. She got inspired from them and wanted to support the local women. This training is the outcome of her that visits.”

There are six local women participants between the ages of 16 to 42 years who have been trained under the collectively efforts of the organizers ADWAN Nepal and Janakpur Art and Craft.

The most remarkable part of the training is that the participants have not only been trained from pencil sketching to color matching and finishing of Mithila Art, they have also been trained about women rights, women violence, dowry, the appropriate marriage age, gender and racial discrimination through ADWAN Nepal.

ADWAN’s executive director Mr. Kamal Babu Pariyar and GESI trainer Mrs. Bimala Das have trained the participants about the women rights preserved in the constitution of Nepal. Whereas, the craft’s trainers: Rina Kumari Sah, Babita Guraun and Sulochana Karna have trained them Mithila Painting.

The participants have explained their paintings on the theme of child marriage, dowry, fetus killing, gender and racial discrimination to the crowd in the program.

Mr. Sah has further stated, “The participants have become able to raise their voice against women violence through their art at one hand side and on the other, they can become independent. They can also play a vital role towards the conservation and preservation of the local culture which is being confined only in the mithila art at present.

The training has been supported by the District Youth Network (DYN), Dhanusha locally. They supported in the collection and selection of the participants and for the successful conduction of the training.

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