Madhubani Wall Project (2011)

Madhubani painting is a typical form of artwork seen mostly in the Indian state of Bihar. We found this form of art simple yet beautiful enough for the children we worked with to learn and enjoy. The vibrant colours, symmetrical shapes and beautiful designs used in Madhubani art are helpful in teaching the children the basics of colour, design, and geometry. The children are also encouraged to use Madhubani and the other forms of art we teach as a weapon to fight the fears and abuse that plague their lives. They can portray the issues and conditions of their lives using Madhubani, which gives them an outlet and allows them to show the rest of the world what is important to them.

The Madhubani Wall Project was started with the help of Accenture employees in Delhi and gradually grew to include volunteers from other corporations. In Mumbai, the project grew to involve the Bombay Municipal Corporation. City walls once covered in urine and spit were soon covered by beautiful Madhubani artwork done by the children of the streets. With community encouragement, we began weekly workshops for children to bring about little changes in their lives right under the shadow of those walls. Protsahan's Mumbai chapter is a weekend volunteer chapter that teaches creative techniques to children on the streets of Dadar-Elphinstone.

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