About Mithila Painting
A Brief History
The Traveling Exhibition
The Ethnic Arts Foundation
The Mithila Art Institute
Welcome. This site will acquaint you with Mithila painting, a distinctive indigenous north Indian aesthetic tradition, and to a traveling exhibition that documents the tradition's extraordinary vitality and evolution over the past 40 years.
The exhibition has been organized by the Ethnic Arts Foundation to expand public recognition and appreciation of the painting tradition's beauty, powerful imagery, and capacity to depict classical deities, ancient rituals, and very contemporary national and global issues and events.
A woman's painting tradition dating back to at least the 14th century, it is today directly empowering women both through the sale of paintings and more broadly, by providing means to express their increasingly critical views of the world around them.
Proceeds from the exhibition will go to the artists and to support the free Mithila Art Institute in Madhubani, Bihar, India.