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New Delhi: It seems that Japan is enamored with Indian folk art Madhubani. Madhubani / Mithila is a traditional art form that originated in Bihar and is famous around the world. Japan has reportedly asked India to send a team of Madhubani artists to Japan so that Japanese trains can have Madhubani paintings on them.
According to a recent report by Dainik Bhaskar, after seeing Madhubani’s beautiful painting on Indian railroad cars, Japan asked the Ministry of Railways to send a team of Mithila artists to have the shape of art could also be engraved on Japanese trains.
It can be noted that the Mithila or Madhubani art originates from the Mithila region in Bihar. The art form is popular for the unique and colorful geometric patterns. Last year in July, in an effort to promote local art and culture, express trains such as Rajdhani Express and Sampark Kranti Express, originating in Bihar, were decorated with paintings by Madhubani. About 22 cars of the Patna Rajdhani express were the first to feature the traditional paintings on the inside and outside of the cars.
The United Nations even appreciated the decision and tweeted a photo of one of the wagons on the train and said: “How beautiful these Indian Railways trains are! Women in Bihar painted these wagons with the traditional Mithila art, also known as Madhubani, using their fingers, tigs, matches and brushes with natural dyes and pigments! “
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It should be mentioned here that the railways have also launched a station beautification campaign which includes painting the station with beautiful murals and murals. This drive was launched from Madhubani stations where the artists painted the station for free. Madhubani station even won a prize in the station beautification competition.