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Why I go back to Bihar,
again and again

What makes us go back to Bihar, again and again? If we were to give a cryptic sound byte to this, we would prefer the term Soft Power.

The soft power of a geographical entity, as against its hard power represented through infrastructure and the state of economy, encompasses the self-confidence and self-pride expressed through its various art and creative forms.

Look at China and you will realize how they are peddling soft power —through films, music, sports, dance and drama, painting, literature, and now through Buddha—to establish their hegemony over the mightiest in the world.

Sharanya Sahay
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Cuisines

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well”- said the American writer Virginia Woolf. And this indeed true. Food or cuisine as one may call it, is what demarcates two civilizations. ‘Cuisine’ as the word suggests is the rhetorical representation of any country and is used as a form of communication. They form the very essence of our society and defines that particular civilization’s cultural and physical aspects.

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Music & Dance

Religiosity, season, migration, and rites the passage – birth, marriage, and death – are the themes around which the music, dance, and amusements of the village folk of Bihar revolve. This is common to both men and women. Here religious entertainment takes the form of amusement for the masses.

The region's folk songs are associated with the various events in the life of an ordinary person. The historical ballads dealing with the heroic deeds of the freedom fighter Kunwar Singh have also been immortalized through folk songs in the plain tracts of Bihar. Religiosity is the pivot around which the music and amusements of the village folk of Bihar revolve.

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Arts & Crafts

The arts and crafts of Bihar are diverse, rich in history and religion. The craft of each state in India, including Bihar reflect the influence of different successive empires and civilizations. Throughout centuries, crafts have been embedded as a culture and tradition within rural communities.

Madhubani painting or Mithila is a traditional Indian art form mostly done by women. Madhubani paintings mostly depict nature and Hindu religious motifs, and the themes generally revolve around Hindu deities like Krishna, Ram, Shiva, Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati. It is believed to be originated at the time of Ramayana, when king Janak commissioned artists to make paintings for his daughter, Sita’s marriage with Rama. Natural objects like the sun, the moon, and religious plants like Tulsi are also widely painted, along with scenes from the royal court and social events like weddings.

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Poetry & Literature

Did you know that Sheikh Deen Mohammad from Bihar was the first Indian writer to have his book published in English? Born in 1759 at Patna, Deen Mohammad had a unique ...

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Despite being politically aware and intellectually vibrant, Bihar has been lagging behind other states on account of incompetence of its political leadership and insensitivity of ...

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Works as diverse as Kautilya’s “Arthashastra”, belonging to the ancient times, and Vidyapati’s romantic poems, composed in the mediaeval era, have spawned the ...

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Fairs & Festivals

A fair is a gathering of people for various religious, entertainment or commercial, or all of that, activities. It is normally held temporary at a scheduled time and can last from a day to several weeks.

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A festival is an event celebrated by a community that centers on one or more aspects such as religion, tradition, season, agriculture cycle, or thanks giving.

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Articles

The Wonder That was Pataliputra

Pataliputra or Patna is undoubtedly one of the most important cities of Ancient India, but it is relatively young in age than many ancient towns like Takshasila...

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Museums in Bihar and the cultural Identity

The state of Bihar has a fascinating history and our first president Dr. Rajendra Prasad has said “It is no exaggeration to say that for centuries the history...

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Chhath - A non resident Bihari's Narration

After the pomp and show of Diwali where celebration is the key and materialism rules the roost, comes the festival of Chhath in which the devotees...

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Why in Bihar?

During the Vedic period, lived an ‘asur’ named ‘Gayasur’ in ‘Keekat Pradesh’, a vast area spanning most of central India. Gayasur was an ardent devotee...

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