About Mithila


We invites everyone to get acquainted with Mithila Paintings - An ancient and celebrated art form of Southern part of Nepal and North Bihar, India - Mithila or Videh is situated across banks of River Ganges That runs through Bihar and joins Bengal.

It streches from Nepal to Bengal. Mithila Paintings are known for their Vibrant Rich Colors and Aesthetic Values.

Mithila Art, one of the ancient traditional arts, is the indigenous art of Maithili people. It is said that Mithila Art was originated about three thousand years back when great Aryans started a settled life in this region and had started making pictures on the walls for decoration. The Art gives stress upon the cultural background of Maithili people. This is why, most of Mithila Art captures the everyday life, the moments of rituals, festivals, social life etc of Maithili people.

These Arts depict not only the everyday lives and activities of the Maithili people but also express their religious figures in symbolic ways. This unique, highly traditional art can be seen on most of Maithili household work in the Mithila region, Southern Terai of Nepal. The women mainly do it. No particular formal training is given for this Art; it is passing on from one generation to another (from mother to daughter) in every family in Maithili society.

The impact of faster change in every field and new system of globalization has also affected Mithila art. Mithila painters are not applying their indigenous knowledge only in their household works and rituals; they also want to expose their artistic talent all over the world like other contemporary folk arts. So Mithila Arts are done on handmade Lokta papers and handmade cotton clothes, and these days these Arts are done by modern brushes and acrylic colours. Today this art has been exposed to the whole world. Its market value has been increasing day by day. And most of the women artists of Mithila are able to earn decent income from this art.

But even though women in the villages around Janakpur have been practicing their folk art for centuries, the world at large has come to know about these women and to consider them to be "artists" only in the last thirty years. Even now, most of their work remains anonymous. The women, some of them illiterate, are in any case reluctant to consider themselves individual producers of "works of art" and only a few of them mark the paintings with their own name.

Through this site we are trying to promote the Mirthila Art around the Globe. It is our endeavour to save this great art from obliteration.