This presentation with Coralynn Davis from Bucknell University, describes the unique role that Mithila Art has played in the making of a film about changing women’s lives in Mithila. She explores how Mithila Art has helped illuminate various aspects of the relationship between gendered Maithil narratives and social roles in conjunction with a participatory action research project, begun in late 2016, in and around the town of Madhubani in Bihar, India. Free and Open to the Public

Ms. Davis is the author of Maithil Women’s Tales Storytelling on the Nepal-India Border

Traces Maithil women’s agency and meaning-making in their contemporary telling of traditional folktales.

The Maithil women of the Himalayan region have long explored their individual and collective life experiences by sharing stories with one-another. Sometimes fantastical, sometimes including a kind of magical realism, these tales have helped women create community through a deeply personal and always evolving storytelling form