Forty traditional artists from across the country and 120 students of National Institute of Fashion Technology, Patna (NIFT-P) will join hands to prepare a live 144 square feet painting depicting the ‘seven resolves’ of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.
The event has been organised under the ‘Made in India’ progamme of social entrepreneur bodies, The Indian Art Investment Company and Prerna Trust, during the 10-day Patna Book Fair, starting Saturday at Gandhi Maidan in the state capital.
The painting would be unveiled on the last day of the fair, said Prerna Trust CEO Prashant Singh at a press conference in Patna.
The canvas would be prepared live for ten consecutive days and presented to the CM on February 14, the concluding day of the fair, Singh said.
“This year traditional art stalls will be centres of attraction at the fair. We aim to make our young generation aware about our traditional art and preserve them,” Singh added.
The ‘seven resolves’, which have been adopted by the Kumar-led Grand Alliance government in Bihar as policy of governance for next four years, have programmes related to road connectivity and drainage, toilets in all houses, clean drinking water , electricity , higher education, skill development leading to employment and women empowerment.
The artists who will take part in the event include Padma Shri awardee Madhubani painter Baua Devi, Jitendra of Sikki art, Amin Mara of Lippan centre in Gujarat, Sri Devi and Vishwanath engaged in leather puppetry craft of Andhra Pradesh, Anita Kumari involved in preparation of Chamba rumal (handkerchief) in Himachal Pradesh and Mamani Chitrakar of West Bengal.
Bauua Devi, 70, who was present at the press conference, said, “I know about the art I worship. I never expected an award. I don’t even know what they are for. When people told me that I have been selected for Padma Shri this year, I did not know what it meant. However, I am happy that I have served my nation through my art and the Mithila painting is gaining international fame,” she said.