MADHUBANI: The Madhubani Railway station, in Bihar just got a make over. One of the oldest rail stations in India near Patna is now attracting tourists after hundreds of local Mithila artists adorned the walls of the station with world-famous Madhubani paintings. The excruciating work was undertaken as a Swachh Bharat mission and has been done free of cost as ‘Shramdaan’ in an attempt to promote the traditional art form. At least 7,000 sqft area at this Bihar station under the East Central Railway (ECR) has been decked up.
The first of its kind in Bihar, the officials of the Samastipur division say that this is the ‘largest’ depiction of Mithila artwork in the world and could even break any previous Guinness World Record.
The project started on October 2 with the aim not only as a beautification and cleanliness project but also to highlight the skill of the town’s artists. According to media reports, as the local artists did not take any money for their work, the colours, painting brushes and refreshments were provided by railway authorities. After the completion of the work, they were felicitated. The traditional Mithila artwork that originated in Nepal, uses the art to depict scenes from mythological texts and folklore.