The Maithils (people of Mithila) succeeded to some extent in preserving
their rich art traditions. Their Brahmins and Kayasthas and their women
folk continued their traditional practices which kept alive the ordinary
domestic arts of painting earthen pots and mud walls with gods and goddesses.
Bihar has begun to play a vital and active role in promoting
cultural forms and in providing opportunities to individual and group
talents. The Bihari artist has begun to woo his own native folk forms
and to protect not only his national heritage but also his national
identity. The post independence Bihar has many cultural achievements.
Bihar took the lead in establishing the state academy of music,
dance and drama even before the National academy was set up. With the
help of All India Fine Arts and Crafts society, Bihar's own Shilpakala
Parishad, organised exhibitions on the regional level. Bihar was first,
in organizing and holding regional festivals such as Vaishali festival.
Bihari craftsmen have excelled in terracotta, bamboo-work, Seenk-work,
Kasida, Pottery, stone craft, textiles etc.