India’s famous Mithila art grabs Japanese eyeballs! Mesmerized by the beauty of India’s Mithila folk paintings, Japan is planning to engrave similar art designs on its trains. Indian Railways move to engrave Mithila paintings on its trains has left a very positive impression on other countries, according to a Dainik Bhaskar report. Japan has requested the Piyush Goyal-led Railway Ministry to send a team of Mithila artists so that the same can be implemented there as well, the report said. The Mithila or Madhubani art form, which is famous all over the world, belongs to Bihar’s Mithila region. The folk art form is popular for using unique geometric patterns to create vibrant and colourful paintings.
Impressed by the Mithila painting artwork on the Indian trains, the government of Japan and Canada have requested the Indian railways to provide them a set of Mithila artists who can decorate their trains as well.
Last year in the month of August, Indian Railways painted the coaches of Bihar Sampark Kranti Express with traditional Mithila art work. The superfast train runs between Darbhanga in Bihar and Delhi. Apart from superfast Bihar Sampark Kranti Express, two other trains namely Rajdhani Express and Jansadharan Express were also decorated with similar design patterns. As many as 22 coaches of the Patna Rajdhani Express train, inside as well as outside were decorated with beautiful Mithila paintings.
The idea to decorate Indian Railways’ trains with the traditional Mithila art form started from Madhubani railway station in Bihar. It was reported that the trend, which was widely appreciated was soon followed by other railway stations of Bihar like Patna Junction, Rajendra Nagar station and Danapur station.
The walls of Madhubani railway station are also decorated with mithila painting. Right now, the railway is working on plans to decorate the walls of Samastipur and Muzaffarpur railway stations with such paintings. Permission has been sought from the Railway Board to decorate these two stations with Madhubani painting. At the same time, several other railway stations, including New Delhi, have also been decorated with paintings by the Railways.