Starved of formal documentation, Mithila art is often faced with the challenge of how to sustain its preservation. Genuine artists often live and work in their silos and owe their visibility to philanthropic organizations. On the other hand, there are those who are bent at “commercializing” the art without truly appreciating what it stands for. The end result is that we are left with few platforms where this art form is nurtured organically in a professional atmosphere.
While organizations such as Mithilangan are working hard towards preserving the broader construct of “Maithil” in multiple dimensions, there are some individuals whose efforts deserve mention and applause. For example, Nupur Nishith, a New Jersey based artist runs her website titled “Creative Mithila: The Popular Madhubani Art from India“. The art work posted on Creative Mithila depicts the art-form in a fashion which is as authentic as it is creative. The website is rich with vibrant, impressively executed art work. One could argue that compared to the traditional Mithila art work, Creative Mithila adds a contemporary twist. Yet, the improvisations seem deliberately subtle and quite successful in enhancing the originality. Besides, Bill Clinton once wisely said: “…the price of doing the same old thing is far higher than the price of change.” A remarkable feature of the website is its focus on documentation and description. Some descriptions, such as the one on “Navagrah” are quite elaborate. …and guess why does Samanantar Mithilangan like it so much: it is all in English; the mother-tongue of internet! Some webpages await content while this article is being authored and we look forward to reading more about “styles, themes and symbols” from Nupur. Pretty well done, so far!