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Colour, contrast, cultural heritage of Bihar was well demonstrated in an annual three day Madhubani Painting Festival held at Simri, Rajnagar from October 5-7’2012. The Madhubani painters from Simri, Chichri Kanungo, Givahi and Ranti of Rajnagar Block participated in this festival.

Simri and its surrounding area is the home of around 300 traditional artists, who are not exposed to the market. Artists like Chaturanan Jha, Bidyanath Jha and Meera Devi are trying to teach young artists and make Simri a destination in the Madhubani painting map.

The three day festival saw a huge response having audience of around 10000 each day. The inauguration was done by representative from Planning Commission Ms. Sunita Sanghvi.

During the festival the visitors had the opportunity to participate in Madhubani painting workshop, where they learned how to produce natural colors out of every day products and how to create a detailed painting out of simple lines. But not just painting technique but the stories and myths behind each and every painting were explained to the eager audience.

Apart from the display of Madhubani painting in the stalls, cultural performances by folk groups were organized in the evening. Bajasal group from Kalahandi, Odisha, Turi dance group from Purnea, Baul/Fakiri and Chau group from West Bengal and Lok Geet group of Bihar performed in the festival. The folk performers interacted with the painters resulting in a unique cultural exchange.

If you want to join this wonderful festival this year October, please check out this page (linkage India Festival Guide) where you will find advance information about Madhubani Festival.

 

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