For all art and craft lovers, Bihar is a must visit destination. Not only is it home to numerous handicraft varieties, each one of them is unique and unmatched. Bihar is known to have a special place for handicrafts and artistic works. The most well-known and renowned are the Madhubani paintings which have been a part of Bihar since endless time.
Bihar handicrafts feature an extremely rich tradition of artistry. The handicrafts of Bihar are appreciated and loved all over the world because of their great aesthetic value and their root to tradition. The unique beauty of Bihar handicrafts are felt by everyone around the world.
Famous Arts of Bihar
Madhubani painting is a traditional art form done by women of the villages in the town of Madhubani and Mithila in Bihar, India. These paintings are done on various mediums such as cloth, handmade paper and canvas. Madhubani paintings mostly depict the various elements in nature and Hindu religious motifs and revolve around the Hindu deities like Krishna, Ram, Shiva, Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. There are madhubani paintings like natural objects like the sun, the moon and religious plants like tulsi are widely painted as also royal courts and social events like weddings.
Bangle making in Bihar is one of the main handicraft industries of the state. Muzaffarpur has specialized in the making of exquisite bangles which are adored all over India and the world because of their unsurpassed beauty. Bangles are more than a mere ornament in India. The artisans involved in bangle making collect their raw material from the nearby forests, mainly lac and the natural colors used in the making of these colorful roundels.
Stone carving is a very ancient tradition in Bihar and artists today also follow traditional techniques of polishing. This art is practiced at Patharkatti in Gaya district and in Chandil and Karaikalla in Singhbhum district. Items carved are statues of deities and household items such as thali, bowls etc. Today many utility articles in stone of various colours are being made in Gaya town.