New Delhi, Aug 24: The Indian Railways has found an artistic way to preserve Madhubani art with exquisite Mithila art paintings on the walls of Bihar Sampark Kranti Express.
The superfast train runs from Darbhanga, Bihar to the national capital.
INDIAN RAILWAYS SHOWCASING RICH INDIAN ART : Coaches of 12565 Bihar Sampark Kranti Express painted with Mithila Art. Train will depart Darbhanga on 23 August at 08.25 hrs. pic.twitter.com/sLjjnl8swU
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) August 22, 2018
The train arrived at New Delhi Railway Station on Friday, with nine coaches beautifully painted in the ancient form of Madhubani art.
Bihar Sampark Kranti Express arrives in Delhi with nine coaches adorned with Mithila art. pic.twitter.com/r3X0Ep37nX
— ANI (@ANI) August 24, 2018
The train will depart for Darbhanga, which is the heartland of the Maithili language and art.
It is an effort by the Railways to revive the ancient art form. It took 100 artists to decorate the train with the mesmerizing paintings in 10 days.
Madhubani art is one of the oldest and most famous arts practiced in Bihar and parts of Nepal.
The heritage of Mithila culture can be seen at the Madhubani railway station, which is under Samastipur division of East Central Railway (ECR) in Bihar.
The station is also entitled to the second best station in the country for its mesmerizing paintings.
What is Madhubani Painting?
* It is practised in Bihar and Nepal, Madhubani painting is one of the oldest and most famous Indian art forms.
*It is also known as Mithila or Madhubani art.
*Painting is done with fingers, twigs, brushes, nib-pens, and matchsticks, using natural dyes and pigments, and is characterised by eye-catching geometrical patterns.
*The colours used in Madhubani paintings comprise natural extracts from plants and other natural sources.