The feminine principle in Cohber painting: A case of Mithila cultural study
Pemba chhiring Sherpa
Mithila painting is more than an art. Through this creative art, a group of women express their desires, dreams, expectations, hopes and aspirations to the people. If you ask them what they are doing they will respond, “We are writing this khobar or gnawer”. (Hamralokani kohbara yaa gahavara likhait chee) For them, their style of art is a kind of script through which they communicate with the male folk or with the people of the rest of the world. They are the creative painter who paints their feelings through the medium of painting. They are creators and are close to god in perfection. Mithila painting is dominantly women centered but Because of money, some men too have jumped into this creativity, but in its essence and nature, even today, it is women’s creativity and empowerment. Painting is a reflection and representation of human culture and life. Mithila Cohber painting is one of the folk arts which depict the picture of mithila culture and principle of women empowerment. Such a painting is mostly painted by women. The organic material used in painting represents real issue of the mithila society. The Cohber painting during weeding represents the different issue not only the sexual arouse, knowledge and issue but also theme of god, goddess, mythological and religious beliefs which leads the society powerful; medium for women to convey their feeling issue in the outer world. This research paper deals with the women condition and painting as a powerful tool to empowerment of women issue. It focuses on how Cohber painting have addressed the gender issue and empower the women in this work through painting.