The prominent Mithila painting artist and curator Nupur Nitin, Modern Mithila Artist Manisha Shah and Art Teacher Aura Copeland will provide training and mentoring the participants of Kids Art Workshop going to be held on auspicious occasion of Mithila Festival USA 2023 Art for SDGs: the Mithila Heritage Exhibition on April 16, 2023 (4pm-7pm EST) at Diversity Plaza, Jackson Heights, New York, USA followed by New Year Celebrations Cultural Program and Award. The children (5–14 years age) can registration for the workshop by April 12, 2023. This project is supported by funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, Statewide Community Regrants Program (formerly the Decentralization program) with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and administered by Flushing Town Hall.

About the Trainer/ Mentors:

Aura Copeland is Art teacher/footwear designer and a founder of Les Couleurs Charity, organization she founded in 2014 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The goal of this organization is to empower, inspire and educate underprivileged children through arts education. Later on Aura brought her CREATE program to Mexico City, and recently Kathmandu, Nepal.

Nupur Nishith is an award winning internationally recognized USA based artist, inspired from her native ancient artform of Mithila / Madhubani Art from India and Nepal. She works on various surfaces from Paper, Canvas, Glass, Clay, Ceramic, Wood, Aluminum and Installations & Murals to Digital tools. Evolved a unique style of art with amalgamation of traditional motifs of ancient folk art with contemporary themes and tools with global appeal.Her paintings have been awarded, exhibited, published at various occasions globally. Furthermore, she has curated and organized various Art exhibitions and promotes Mithila art at various seminars, presentations and workshops.

Manisha Shah is a Modern Mithila Artist from Sarlahi, Nepal who uses her art to address social issues like women violence, social disparities, gender equality, and sanitation. As a member of the Mithila community, she feels it’s her responsibility to raise awareness and highlight Nepal’s diversity through her paintings, workshop & traning. Manisha has showcased her works in various national and international art exhibitions, including mural paintings at the World Bank and other public places. Recently, she was a part of the Street Art Project 2022, “Ekata”, The Wall of Unity! On “Social Inclusion and Equity “. This project was organized by U.S. Embassy in Nepal and curated by Artudio foundation. Further, she is a member of United States Embassy Youth Council – 2023.  Currently pursuing Master Degree in Fine, she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Lalitkala Campus, TU, Kirtipur, Nepal.

Organized by Mithila Center USA in association with Apan Foundation, USA, 4th annual Mithila Festival USA with Art Exhibition with Cultural Program will be held on April 14-16, 2023 in New York, USA. The opening ceremony will be held virtually on April 14, 2023 (10.30am-12.30pm EST), the virtual Art Exhibition will be held on April 15, 2023 (7.00pm-9.00pm EST) and in person closing ceremony with Kids Art Workshop/Award followed by cultural program including celebration of Mithila Folk King Salhesh Jayanti, New Year and Jude Sheetal/Jur Sital Festival celebration will be heald April 16, 2023 (4.00pm-7.00pm) at Diversity Plaza, Jackson Heights, New York, USA.

The community organizer and a founding president of Mithila Center USA, Mr. Amit Pratap Said; it is our continued effort towards showcasing United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through Mithila Art. This year’s Mithila Festival USA art exhibition entitled “Art for SDGs: The Mithila Heritage” focusing on showcasing SDGs  5 (Gender Equality).

The grand success of the first Mithila Festival USA with inaugural exhibition entitled ‘Arts for SDGs: the Mithila Heritage’ held at United Nations Headquarters in New York in April 2019 with support of permanent mission of Nepal to UN has motivated us to continue our effort to anually organize this program in New York, USA. We consider organizing the Mithila Festival USA and Art Exhibition would not only inspire our community in USA and other countries to celebrate cultural festival but also to preserve and promote Mithila heritage by their contribution and to raising community awareness towards United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Mithila culture is considered as a unique culture in South Asia in view of its infusion of ancient Nepali and Indian Culture described by the epic Ramayan and other Hindu literature. The Mithila culture attaches immense importance to lives of Goddess Sita and Lord Ram. Sita (also known as Janaki), whose birthplace is the city of Janakpur Dham of Nepal, the capital of ancient Mithila Kingdom, had nuptial ties with Lord Ram, the crown prince of Ayodhya in India thousands year ago. The Mithila culture is a living culture since the people of both Nepal and India and other countries belonged to Mithila community have embraced cultural values and practice in their daily life. In this way, people have made contributions to enriching religious and socio- cultural heritage and promoting values of humanity, friendship, peace and prosperity. New York and New Jersey in the USA are the cities where largest number of Mithila community people have been living over decades.

Mithila art is well-known around the world. Mithila paintings in various forms have been in existence for centuries with a great contribution of female artists. Female artists’ great contribution is well recognized for wall paintings and their knowledge of painting have been handed down to generations.  Mithila Art traditionally narrates mythological and religious events, and also, they are used for decoration as well as documenting the social commentary. More recently, Mithila paintings have taken up as a more contemporary and collectable art form, with men/women artists painting on canvases of rough handmade paper that is similar in texture to the mud hut walls. Not only are Mithila paintings now exhibited in galleries across the world, but more importantly the art has also opened up a new industry for women in impoverished rural communities. For more info: www.mithilacenter.org

मिथिला महोत्सव अमेरिका २०२३ बाल चित्रकला कार्यशाला र प्रदर्शनीका लागि प्रशिक्षकहरु छनौट 

‘दिगो विकास लक्ष्यको लागी कला:  मिथिला सम्पदा’ मुल नारा सहित अप्रिल १४ देखि १६ सम्म न्युयोर्कमा हुने मिथिला महोत्सवअमेरिका २०२३ कार्यक्रम बाल चित्रकला कार्यशाला र प्रदर्शनीका लागि तीनजना प्रशिक्षकहरु छनौट गरिएको छ । छनौट गरिएका  प्रशिक्षकहरु अमेरिका, भारत र नेपाल मूलुक्का क्रमश, औरा कोपलैण्ड, निरुप नितिन र मनीषा शाह रहेका छन् । उक्त बाल चित्रकलाकार्यशाला, प्रदर्शनीका र अवार्ड कार्यक्रम यही अप्रिल १६ तारीक का दिन तारिकको दिन न्युयोर्कको ज्याक्सन हाइटको डाइभर्सिटीप्लाजामा ४ बजे देखि ७ बजे सम्म सांस्कृतिक कार्यक्रमको साथ आयोजना हुनेछ। तसर्थ यो कार्यक्रममा सहभागी हुनचाहने इच्छुक ५बर्ष देखी १४ बर्ष का बालबालिकाहरूले अप्रिल १२ तारीक सम्म नाम दर्ता गाराउन सकनेछन । नाम दर्ता गाराउनको लागि यहाँ क्लिकगर्नुश https://mithilacenter.org/register/

मिथिला सेन्टर र अपन फाउन्डेसन युएसएको आयोजनामा मिथिला महोत्सव अमेरिका २०२३ गर्न लागिएको हो ।  मिथिला कला रसंस्कृतिको प्रवर्द्धन र प्रदर्शनगर्नुका साथै मिथिला कलाको माध्यमबाट संयुक्त राष्ट्रसंघीय दिगो विकास लक्ष्यको प्रदर्शन गर्ने निरन्तरप्रयास स्वरुप कार्यक्रमआयोजना गरिने मिथिला सेंटर अमेरिकाका संस्थापक अध्यक्ष र मिथिला महोत्सव अमेरिकाका आयोजक अमितप्रताप शाहले जानकारी दिए। यसवर्षको मिथिला महोत्सव अमेरीकाको मुल नारा ‘दिगो विकास लक्ष्यको लागी कला:  मिथिला सम्पदा’ प्रदर्शनी अन्तर्गत यसपटक संयुक्त राष्ट्रसंघीय दिगो विकास लक्ष्य ५ (लैंगिक समानता)  प्रदर्शन र् सामुदायिक जागरूकता बढाइनेभएको छ । तसर्थ यो कार्यक्रममा सहभागी हनचाहने इच्छुक कलाकारहरुलाई मुख्य नारालाई ध्यानमा राखी तयार पारिने आफ्नोचित्रकलाको नमुना र आफ्नो संक्षिप्त परिचय मार्च ३१ सम्म ईमेलमा पठाउन अनुरोध गरिएको थियो । त्यसै अनुशार प्राप्तकलामध्येबाट  ९  कलाकारका कलाकृति छनौट गरिएको छ ।

प्रथम मिथिला महोत्सव ४ बर्ष अगाडि सन् २०१९ को अप्रिलमा संयुक्त राष्ट्रसंघको मुख्यालय न्यूयोर्कमा चित्रकला प्रदर्शनीसँगै सम्पन्नभएको थियो । मिथिला महोत्सव र कला प्रदर्शनीको आयोजना गर्दा अमेरिका तथा अन्य राष्ट्रहरूमाझ सांस्कृतिक पर्वको रूपमामनाउनेमात्र नभई संयुक्त राष्ट्रसंघको दिगो विकास लक्ष्य हासिल गर्ने सन्दर्भमा समेत मिथिला सम्पदाबाट हुनसक्ने योगदानबारेसामुदायिक चेतना बढाउन पनि सहयोग पुग्ने आयोजकको विश्वास छ । अप्रिलको १४ तारिक बिहान १०:३० देखि १२:३० बजे कार्यक्रमको उद्घाटन र अप्रिल १५ तारिक बेलुका ७ बजे देखि ९ बजे सम चित्रकला को प्रदर्शनी जूम मार्फत भर्चुअल रुपमा गरिने छ भने अप्रिल१६ तारिकको दिन न्युयोर्कको ज्याक्सन हाइटको डाइभर्सिटी प्लाजामा ४ बजे देखि ७ बजे सम्म सांस्कृतिक कार्यक्रमको आयोजनासाथै मिथिला लोक राजा सलहेश जयन्ती समारोह, नव वर्ष तथा जुड़ शीतल चाड र बाल चित्रकला कार्यशाला गोष्ठी, प्रदर्शनी रपुस्कार बितरण कार्यक्रमहरू पनि यसवर्षको मिथिला महोत्सव अमेरिकामा समावेश गरिनेछ।

दक्षिण एशियामा मिथिला संस्कृतिले आफ्नो एक विशेष संस्कृतिको पहिचान बनाएको छ । रामायण र अन्य हिन्दू साहित्यमा वर्णनगरिएझैं प्राचीन नेपाली र भारतीय संस्कृतिको मिश्रण मिथिला संस्कृति हो । देवी सीता र भगवान रामको जीवन गाथालेयससंस्कृतिमाविशेष महत्व ओगटेको छ । हजारौं वर्षअघि मिथिला राज्यको राजधानी रहेको जनकपुरधाम जन्मभूमि भएकी सीता(जानकीको नामले पनि चिनिने) को विवाह अयोध्याका राजकुमार भगवान रामकासाथ सम्पन्न भएको थियो ।

मिथिला संस्कृति एक जीवन्त संस्कृति पनि हो । किनकी नेपाल र भारत एवम् अन्य देशहरुमा बस्ने मिथिला समुदायका व्यक्तिहरुलेआफ्नो सांस्कृतिक मूल्य र मान्यताहरुलाई दैनिक जीवन र व्यवहारमा अगाँलेका छन् । यसप्रकारले यस समुदायले आफ्नो धार्मिक, सामाजिक तथा सांस्कृतिक सम्पदालाई समृद्धशाली बनाउन योगदान गर्दै आएको र मानवता, मित्रता, शान्ति र समृद्धिकोमूल्यमान्यताको प्रवर्द्धन गरेको छ। अमेरिकामा को न्युयोर्क र न्युजर्सीमा लगायत बिभिन राज्यहरूमा समेत हजारौको संख्यामामिथिलासमुदायका व्यक्तिहरु दशकौंदेखि बसोबास बसोबास गर्दै आएका छन् ।

मिथिला कला संसारभर प्रख्यात छ । महिला कलाकारहरुको विशेष योगदानले नै मिथिला चित्रकला विभिन्नरुपमा शताब्दीऔंदेखिअस्तित्वमा छ । घरको भित्तामा बनाइने चित्रकलाकालागि महिला कालाकारहरु प्रख्यात छन् र सो सम्बन्धी ज्ञान उनीहरुबाट नैनयाँपिढीहरुमा हस्तान्तरण हुँदैआएको छ । मिथिला कलाले पौराणिक र धार्मिक विषयहरुका अतिरिक्त सामाजिक टिप्पणी एवम्सिंगार सजावट सम्बन्धमा पनि प्रस्तुत गर्दछ । मिथिला चित्रकलालाई समकालीन र संकलनीय कलाको रुपमा हाल मान्यता दिईएको छ।

महिला वा पुरुष कलाकारका हातहरूले बनाएका कागजका तैलीय चित्रहरु माटोका भित्तामा बनाइएका चित्रहरु जस्तै छन् । विश्वकाविभिन्न आर्ट ग्यालरीहरुमा मिथिला चित्रकलाको प्रदर्शन भएको छ र यसबाट ग्रामीण समुदायका विपन्न महिलाहरुकालागिआयआर्जनको श्रोत पनि बढाउने नयाँ किसिमको घरेलु उद्योग फस्टाउने संभावना बढेको छ । 

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