These are some amazing mud art works you can find on the walls of Niranjana Public Welfare School situated in Sujata village (Bodh Gaya) in one of India’s poorest states, Bihar.
The school has been organizing a ‘wall art festival’ every year since 2006.
It all started when around fifty students from Tokyo Gakugei University made money by working in Indian NGOs and donated the same amount to construct a new school building for the Niranjana Public Welfare School in Bihar.
These mesmerizing art works are made by artists from India and Japan.
They spend around three weeks in school to prepare their masterpieces using the walls as their canvas. Various interactions and discussion rounds are also conducted by them.
Poor education system, unemployment, poverty are some of the issues Indian villagers face. This festival with the medium of culture and art seeks to resolve such problems.
Niranjana Public Welfare School was constructed to support the need of improving the education system in Bihar.
Teacher’s and volunteer’s hard work made the school progress. By 2010, it enrolled around 400 students from nursery till class 7.
The initiative got a lot of appreciation and gained donations from many overseas NGOs for its welfare.
This art festival is held by the school’s administration to provide ongoing support and to spread the need to resolve the issues faced by the villagers and children in Bihar.
Apart from that, the idea was also to popularize art among the younger generations.
As it is, Bihar’s culture and art is famous all over the world. This made the new generation understand the need of art in one’s life.
Yusuke Asai is a Japanese artist who has participated in this festival for the last three years. His love for Indian wall art inspired him to participate in this festival every year.
His love for painting made him fill the whole ceiling and walls with his creativity, using mud of different colors.
With the help of children, he collected mud from different sites and pigmented it.
He also had children make their hand-prints on the wall as a sign of their wish for future. The happiness of being in the room filled with creativity can be seen on their faces.
Later, when the festival was over, he asked the children to wash away his art from the walls and return the material back to soil.
It must have been sad to wipe away his own art work. But, through this he made the children understand the meaning of life cycle.
As people say, the coming generation is our future. All we can do is to try and nurture them in the best way possible to brighten our future.