Collaborative Workshop & Research 2008

Folk and Traditional Art of Nepal, Bangladesh, India and Tibet

Project Concept: Jupiter Pradhan

Date: 20th May to 10th June, 2008
Organized by: Bindu
Supported by: Arts Network Asia (ANA)

Summary of Project Proposal:

The root of contemporary art is obviously traditional and folk arts. Officially, at the government level, these traditional and folk arts have been promoted as crafts, which have received a great deal of importance in tourism sector and thus, have been advantageous to the artist involved in these arts.At the current time, the contemporary artists are developing the contemporary art through western education practices. In the other hand, traditional and folk arts could be good resources for contemporary art. However, not much work has been done from this point of view. Therefore, Bindu has come forward to take the initiation to expand the area of resources for contemporary art through studies and researches of traditional and folk arts.

There are some similarities between the Mithila folk art popular in Nepal and the Madhubani art popular in Bihar of India in their language, colour, treatment and subject matters. Similarly, the social subject matters used by the Mithila art and the Rikshaw art of Bangladesh also resemble. The language of the Nepalese traditional Pauva art and the Tibetan traditional Thanka arts seem to have close resemblance in the language they use and have priority of religious subject matters alike in Mithila and Madhubani arts. Although these traditional and folk arts have little similarities, they have a vast difference among them and have their own peculiarities due to social, economical, geographical and political differences.

Therefore, this workshop project will provide a platform for the artists of these different art forms to meet in one place and exchange their experience and knowledge in their social, economical, political, geographical and other subject matters for 15 days, which will prove to be supportive in their ideological development.

Aim / Objective / Goal of the Project:

1. To do research study of traditional and folk arts as the root to contemporary art in South Asia.
2. To provide opportunity to contemporary, traditional and folk artists to interact in one place and share their ideas and concepts so that the knowledge and experience they gain from the interaction could be used in a new way to develop their respective fields.
3. To develop interrelationships among different arts and artists working in different geographical, social, religious, economic and political situations.
4. To create the opportunity to utilize the resources that would be find by the research study of traditional and folk arts.
5. To introduce traditional and folk arts among students.
6. To preserve the documentation of the project (video and publication) as a reference for future researchers, artists, art critics, students and any other interested persons.
7. To make aware the contemporary artists who are grown up in western education system, about their root.
8. To contribute in the overall development of traditional and folk arts.

Dr. Sanjeev Upreti

1. Shobha Bajracharya, Paubha Artist (Nepalese Traditional Art)   /   2. Raju Maharjan, Paubha Artist (Nepalese Traditional Art)   /   3. Bijaya Lama Moktan, Thanka Artist (Tibetan Traditional Art)   /   4. Phulwa Devi Mandal, Mithila Artist (Nepalese Folk Art)   /   5. Rebati Mandal, Mithila Artist (Nepalese Folk Art)   /    6.Rajni Shing Mandal, Madhubani Artist (Indian Folk Art)   /    7. Syed Ahmed Hossain, Rikshwa Artist (Bangladeshi Art)

1. Madan Chitrakar (Thanka and Pawa Art, Nepal)   /   2. Dr. Ram Dayal Rakesh (Mithila Art, Nepal)  /  3. Mahbubur Rahman (Rikshwa Art, Bangladesh)

College Students:
1. Samyak Manandar  /  2. Sunita Maharjan  /  3. Atish Chitrakar  /  4. Kiran Baniya  /  5. Anup Chitrakar  /  6. Sundar Lama  /  7. Sharmila Shrestha  /  8. Mekh Bahadur Limbu   /  9. Ishan Pariyar  /  10. Sheelasha Rajbhandari


1. British Gurkha Academy, Bansbari, Kathmandu.
2. Mount Gauri Shanker, Baluwatar, Kathmandu.

Detail time:
Workshop: 20 to 26 May
Venue: Bindu, A speace for artists’, 1981 Tanka Prashad Ghumti Sadak, Babarmahal, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Time: 10 am – 5 pmWorkshop with school students: 27 May   /    Venue: At 2 different schools    /    Time: 10 am – 3 pmWorkshop with college students: 28-29 May   /  Venue: Nepal Art Council, Babarmahal, Kathmandu.   /   Time: 10 am – 5 pmLecture / Paper presentation : 30 May to 1 June   /   Venue: Nepal Art Council, Babarmahal, Kathmandu, Nepal.   /   Time: 4 pm – 5 pm

Exhibition: 3 to 10 June (3 June : 4.30 pm, Opening Ceremony)Venue: NAFA Art Gallery, Naxal, Kathmandu.   /   Time: 10 am – 5 pm

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