Street art is not something that one will expect or associate with a city like Patna. But recently, the city administration and state government, in their attempt to promote folk arts, decided to paint the wall of the city with beautiful paintings made by Madhubani artists.
What is Madhubani Art – Madhubani art (or Mithila painting) is practiced in the Mithila region of the Indian subcontinent. This painting is done with a variety of tools, including fingers, twigs, brushes, nib-pens, and matchsticks and using natural dyes and pigments. It is characterised by its eye-catching geometrical patterns (source: Wikipedia)
Where can I find Madhubani paintings on Patna’s walls – Madhubani art project covers an extensive part of Patna. Some of the notable spots are the area around High Court, the Maurya Lok and the surrounding areas cover a notable portion filled with different thematic artworks. You’ll also find a lot of artworks around AN College Boring Road.
A major reason to promote the artworks around walls of Patna was to stop people from Urinating on the walls. In an attempt to keep the city clean and stop people from reliving themselves on the middle of the road, this attempt was made.
Some of these painters are professionals who have arrived from Madhubani to oversee the project while others are students of Patna Arts College.
A majority of themes that these paintings use are Chatth, Patna Smart City, Patna Museum and state festivals. Many paintings also spread social message like stop urinating in open and throw garbage only in dustbins.
More than 30 locations of Patna have been beautified by these artworks. They are a treat to observe. Every painting has a story and requires a lot of intricate detailing.
More than 10 teams with 500 artists completed the project in a time span of more than three months.
Patna station is also being decorated with a huge mural in the same theme. A few months back, Darbhanga station was decorated with beautiful Madhubani paintings that got it international coverage.
For Patna, it will take a long journey to assure that these murals are not defiled. Sensitizing the people living here is a huge challenge to ensure that these paintings stay in the form they are today.
But people don’t listen, do they?