Archive for 2010

Mythic Mithila

Posted on: Thursday, Dec 30, 2010

It may be time our national politicians took a pointer or two from the deities of Mithila and went to the doors of voters rather than preaching from their pulpits in the capital. JANAKAPUR. In balmy, post-winter in Mithila the bountiful rice harvest is now safe in earthen silos. Mustard fields are bright yellow. Brown […]

Book Reviews

Posted on: Thursday, Dec 30, 2010

NEW PUBLICATIONS Adim Purakha This is a Maithili translation of Oriya Novel ” Dadi Budha” by Gopinath Mohanty. This work has been translated into Maithili by Binod Bihari Verma and published by Sahitya Akademi ,New Delhi . The novel deals with the decaying culture of adivasis . It tells the moving story of the disintegration […]

Maithil Brahman Sanskar

Posted on: Thursday, Dec 30, 2010

Chhatihar: On the sixth day of birth. Shashthika (Sathi) Bhagwati is worshiped in the evening on a special alpana. The mother and child wear new yellow clothes.Things required are: Purhar Patil, Deep, Earthen pot, Fan made of bamboo (beeain), Kajrauta, Shahi Kant, Knife, Chura, lava, paper, red ink. Namkaran: On the 11th or 12th day […]

Who is a Brahmin?

Posted on: Thursday, Dec 30, 2010

The caste of priests, of those who know and repeat the Vedas. This is the first of the four Hindu castes and belongs to the dvija or twice-born category. According to the Puranas, Brahmins were created from the mouth of Brahma (god: the sustainer of the life according to hindu mythology) so that they might […]


Posted on: Thursday, Dec 30, 2010

This is the original script used but later people started using devnagiri script.

Modern Maithili Writers

Posted on: Thursday, Dec 30, 2010

Acharya Surendra Jha ‘Suman’ (1910-2002) Acharya Surendra Jha ‘Suman’ was born at Ballipur (Samastipur) in1910. His father Bhubaneswar Jha was an Ayurvedic practitioner. Traditionally the family belonged to Sanskrit Scholars. He was educated at Dharmaraj Sanskrit College, Muzaffarpur and was a graduate in literature (Sahityacharya) and was also a Kavyatirtha (Bengal). He was an erudite […]

Sahitya Akademi Awards – Maithili

Posted on: Thursday, Dec 30, 2010

These are the Sahitya Akademi award winners for Maithili from 1966 onwards. The awards was not given for the year 1967, 1973 and 1974 No. Author Name of the Book Year 36. 2010 37. (Late) Manmohan Jha Ganga-Putra (Short stories) 2009 36. 2008 37. Pradip Bihari 2007 36. V. Bhupati Anand 2006 37. Vivekanand Thakur […]

Admirers of Maithili

Posted on: Thursday, Dec 30, 2010

Maharsi Sri Aurobindo on Vidyapati Vidyapati wrote in Maithili language prevalent in north Bihar and Nepal, which is very akin to Bengali. His songs relating to divine love of Radha Krishna became very popular in Bengal .Sri chaitanya, who adored them; they gained a high status and wide circulation. Bengalis adopted Vidyapati as their own […]

The Tradition Of Music in Mithila

Posted on: Thursday, Dec 30, 2010

The history of music of Mithila takes us back to 11th c. when we find a definite source in the Karnat period when its ruler Nanyadev (1097-1133A.D.) had a keen interest in music. Though in the 7th-8th c. the Siddhacharyas’ Charyapad mentions the Raga in which a particular couplet is to be sung. The couplets […]

Mithila Folk Song

Posted on: Thursday, Dec 30, 2010

The Classification: The most important and common type of lyrical folk songs in Maithili is Tirhuti.It represents the most popular and successful indigenous lyrical expression of Tirhut and is the richest of all classes of Maithili songs.All aspects of love affairs are unfolded therein.They sing of separation as well as of union.The Tirhuti has following […]

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About Mithila

Mithila is an ancient cultural region of South Nepal and North India lying between the lower ranges of the Himalayas and the Ganges River. The Nepal border cuts across the top fringe of this region. The Gandak and Kosi Rivers are rough western and eastern boundaries of Mithila. The Ramayana records a dynastic marriage between Prince Rama of Ayodhya and Sita, the daughter of Raja Janak of Mithila. The town of Janakpur, in the northern Nepali section of Mithila, is believed to be Janak's old capital.