Aripana Foundation is a grassroots NGO based in Darbhanga, which works for the development of North Bihar.

It is named after an integral aspect of the Mithila culture, the Aripana – the floor drawings and home-art adorning Maithil homes. Aripana is an inseparable part of the Maithil people’s lives, heralding new beginnings, auspiciousness, joy and celebration.

Colonel P M Jha (Retd.)

Managing Trustee

Colonel Jha completed his medical training from Ranchi Medical College and joined the Indian Army in 1984. During his tenure he served across multiple locations in the country, including the North East and the Western border region; as well as in the Middle-East. Through his career, he also continued to provide voluntary medical services to unreached communities of North Bihar.

After 31 years of distinguished service in the Armed Forces, his passion for and understanding of public health in rural India, especially Bihar, led him to co-found Aripana Foundation, where he presently serves as the Managing Trustee and the Director of its Public Health vertical.

Jamuna Inamdar

Program Director

Jamuna has over 15 years of experience working with various NGOs. She started her career as a Program Officer, Training and Development, at Railway Children, a UK based NGO, engaging with street children and their caregiving staff at various locations across India. Thereafter, as part of Azim Premji Foundation, she facilitated education leadership & management programmes for state and district level government education functionaries as well as teachers, in the states of Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand. Jamuna is a co-founder of Aripana Foundation, where she presently serves as Program Director of the Education and Arts & Culture verticals. 

Avinash Kumar


Avinash leads Education and Communication at Wipro Foundation, The Education program he leads at Wipro partners with a network of 140+ educational civil society organizations, and supports them in building deeper capacities to work on school education reform in a sustained manner. He also oversees

Avinash has a Masters degree in Education from Azim Premji University and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University. He serves as a Trustee of Aripana Foundation and an advisor on its program strategy. 

Rupam Dev


Rupam is an Aripana Education Fellow. Before joining the Fellowship, Rupam has had over ten years of work experience, including six years as a teacher. She has a degree in Education and a Masters in the Arts. Rupam is passionate about developmental issues and the role of Civil Society Organizations in societal development.

Anjali Thakur


Anjali is an Aripana Education Fellow. She is specially interested in setting up and harnessing the potential of libraries in schools and science education. Anjali also has an interest in law and policy.

Kanhaiya Kumar

Resource Person

Kanhaiya has a Masters in Political Science. He supports educational programs and events at Aripana Foundation.

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