Bihar art a hit at Delhi fair


The Bihar pavilion at the India International Trade Fair 2017 under way here saw a huge crowd on Wednesday, the second day of the fair.

This time, the Bihar pavilion has been decorated on the theme of the 37th IITF, “Start up India, Stand up India”.

For the Bihar pavilion at hangar No. 2, live demonstrations of Sikki grass handicrafts, Tikuli arts and Mithila paintings were major crowd-pullers. The visitors, many of whom were women, wanted to know more about the art forms native to Bihar.

Munni Devi, a state award-winning Madhubani artist, said, “We have fancy bands and bangles made up of sikki ranging from INR 50 to INR 550. Santosh Kumar from Patna was giving the live demo of Tikuli art. He has done is masters in fine art from Chandigarh. He is making replicas of Chhath Puja and Siddhivinayak that will take around 14 to 15 days to complete. So, it will be displaced in the last days of the fair.

Kumar said, “We have a wide range of home décor items made based on Tikuli art. The prices range from INR 40 to INR 850 and the items include tea coasters, wall hangings, paintings, etc.”

Pankaj Kumar, Director, industries department, Bihar government, said half of the stalls at the state pavilion have been installed in accordance with the theme “Start Up India, Stand Up India.”

New Delhi-based event management firm Dara Project under the leadership of Sarabjit Dara has decorated the Bihar pavilion. Umesh Kumar, Director of the Bihar pavilion, said 32 start-ups have been identified by the Bihar government.


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