GAYA (Bihar): A fair was organized at the local Gandhi Maidan during the Indian Handicrafts Week (from 1 to 7 February) to showcase the talent of bahujans. A large number of bahujan sculptors and artistes displayed their talent at the fair organized jointly by the industries department of the Bihar government and Upendra Maharathi Shilpa Anusandhan Sansthan. Soni Kumari of Danapur displayed decorative items and paintings made using waste material.
Nandlal Prasad of Manpur and Vijay Kumar Paan of Gandhinagar exhibited range of handmade cotton textiles. Suresh Mandal of Patna and Karuna Karna of Madhubani put up Madhubani paintings. The artifacts of Dhirendra Verma of Gaya and Ramchandra Ram of Chandpur (Samastipur district) attracted attention. The creations of Vaidya Nawal Prasad of Patna and Mohammed Jaseem of Samastipur also won wide appreciation. The industries extension officer of the Sansthan gave detailed information about the fair. The principal secretary of the industries department, Navin Chandra Verma, inaugurated the fair.
Published in the March 2014 issue of the Forward Press magazine
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