Meet The Artist: Mrs. Madhumala Mandal
I’m about 38 now. When I was 15 my father went to India to earn money. Coming back, he brought many things that were necessary for a wedding. Although those things were all second quality, I was looking forward to the wedding. I knew each other because his aunt lived in our village. My parents had to pay 15,000 rupees for dowry. My in-laws also requested a radio and a bicycle. To me, my father gave only a hansuli (silver necklace) because jewelry lasts a long time whereas other things can easily break.
I learned to paint by myself, from what I saw painted on different houses. Usually, I painted at night in the courtyard. My parents asked me to do it during the day, but then there was so much other work that I kept on painting during the night. Our neighbors saw my paintings and asked me to paint their houses. So, I started painting houses for festivals. During that time, people from the JWDC were going to villages to find new artists. I painted my house and was chosen. Usually, I paint daily life situations and tattoos. Tattoos are very important in our culture.
It’s my great pleasure to participate at Mithila Festival USA 2021 exhibition entitled “Art for SDGs; the Mithila Heritage” organized by Mithila Center, USA going to be held on April 14-17, 2021.
I would like to thank you Mithila Center, USA for this wonderful opportunity to show case my art at such important event. I truly believe that, Mithila Festival USA and art exhibition would not only support and promote artist but also help to preserve and promote Mithila culture heritage globally.
To promote social entrepreneurship and support artist, live auction will be also held followed by my solo exhibition and so requesting everyone to participate and support.
Solo Exhibition & Art Auction Date: April 15, 2021 (7.30pm-9.30pm)
Zoom ID: 326 172 7262 Passcode: MFU2021
For more info, please visit www.mithilacenter.org