Written byPallabi Chatterjee ·
It's makeover time for the 165-year-old Indian Railways, which plans to revamp close to 30,000 coaches of mail and express trains.
This would be done in collaboration with the National Institute of Fashion Technology and National Institute of Design.
One such revamping has been done to the Bihar Sampark Kranti Express, in which nine coaches have been painted with Mithila art, one of the oldest Indian art forms.
मिथिला की सांस्कृतिक और कलात्मक विरासत को दर्शाती बिहार संपर्क क्रांति एक्सप्रेस आज से अपने नये लुक में चलेगी, ट्रेन की बोगियों पर बनाई मिथिला पेंटिंग्स से इस कला को प्रचार तथा विस्तार मिलेगा, तथा देश की प्राचीन विरासत को एक बार फिर से पहचान मिलेगी।https://t.co/wHYYB7Wldx pic.twitter.com/OcT2NEwSvy— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) August 23, 2018
The beautified coaches of the superfast train, which runs from Darbhanga in Bihar to Delhi, will be attached at the Samastipur Division of the East Central Railway zone.
Danapur Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Ranjan Thakur had previously told the media that "a total of 100 coaches will be painted with Madhubani art."
Notably, the Indian Railways is spending Rs. 1L to beautify each coach.
Apart from Bihar Sampark Kranti Express train, Mithila art will also adorn the coaches of the Rajdhani Express train and the Jansadharan Express train.
In fact, 22 coaches of the Patna Rajdhani Express train already have the traditional Madhubani paintings on its inside and outside.
By promoting folk art, the Railways are giving local artists an opportunity to showcase their skills, added Thakur.
Madhubani station, country's second best station, has been bearing the heritage of Mithila culture since last October.
Reports suggest it took just ten days for 100 artists to decorate the premise.
Madhubani art form, which belongs to Bihar's Mithila region (birthplace of Sita of Ramayana), is practised in Nepal as well.
Comprising unique geometric patterns, the paintings are colorful and vibrant.
The colors used in such paintings aren't artificial, but natural extracts from plants and other sources.
To make it attractive, dark and bright with pigments like lampblack and ochre are used.
No modern brushes are used. Instead, people paint using twigs, matchsticks, and fingers.
It also has a rich history: During Sita's wedding, her father King Janaka, had asked painters to create Madhubani paintings.
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