The Bihar Post

UN falls in love with Mithila art, wows train’s transformation with natural dyes


PATNA: Brilliant efforts by Bihar artists to paint a passenger train with lovely Mithila art have now caught the attention of United Nations which has now showered praises on these artists.

“How beautiful are these Indian railway trains! Women from Bihar painted these coaches with traditional Mithila art, also known as Madhubani painting, using their fingers twigs, matchsticks and brushes with natural dyes and pigments!” the UN has tweeted.

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The open praise came shortly after the artists painted many coaches of Bihar Sampark Kranti Express with exquisite Mithila art, giving an attractive look.

Authorities say the idea would  not only promote the traditional Mithila art but would also help preserve our old heritage.

Madhubani art originates and is practised in the Mithila region of Bihar. Painting of this style is done with fingers, twigs, brushes, nib-pens, and matchsticks, using natural dyes and pigments.

Last year, the railways had got the Madhubani station—dubbed as India’s dirtiest stations in a survey conducted by the Indian railways—transformed with the same Madhubani art.

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