DVD – (40 minutes, 1994)
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…focuses on five village painters: four women (including two Brahmans, a Kayastha, and a low-caste Dusadh) and one man (the son of a tantric priest), living in the Mithila-speaking region of northern Bihar and eastern Nepal. All five follow the main conventions of Mithila painting. Yet each one has favorite themes and stories (such as the story of the young wife whose adopted father was a cobra, or the story of a boy’s murder in the village), and each one paints them in unique, individual styles and colors. Accounts of their lives, highlighted by samples of their paintings, illustrate how selling their paintings has affected the lives of villagers –especially women– in Mithila.