|Bankura II CD Block in Bankura Sadar subdivision of Bankura district in the state of West Bengal, India.
|How to go:
|Best way to go by train, RUPASIBANGLA EXP (12883) [6:25 am] from Santragachi or ARANYAK EXPRESS (Train no: 12885) [7:45 am] from Howrah. It takes around 3 hrs 30 min approx. to reach Bankura. From there hire toto and pay 1oo to reach the village. It takes max 25 min to reach the village.
|What to visit ?
|Bikna Dokra village itself
|People who value Art of Bengal
|Minimum day/time to visit:
|Village beside Highway
|Bikna is a village in Bankura, WB is carrying heritage and culture of Dokra art for many years. It has almost 65 families who hold Karmakar title. This is an amazing art which has been majorly done in two villages in West Bengal and Bikna is one of those. The process of making Dokra art is not that easy yet how proficient artist they are you will realize once you see the process of work. The best part is they take their work so seriously and do with passion, it can clearly be seen if you go there, spent time with them. All day long they work so hard and kids seem almost get involved with this art in their age itself.
I really appreciate a fact that they admit their kids to the school and let them study up to 10 standard or 12, then they get involved with the art in their village itself, As a result all members of the village get associated with the same art and that makes them united to save the art for long term and gets more stronger foundation day by day. This is a lifestyle of making the culture alive.
Best Season to visit
In November they are organizing a fair in their village itself. That is worth watching. You can say that is their season.
You can visit in winter any day but it will be best if you go before November, why because you can see more number of work in that time due to the rush of their celebration and you can make healthy interaction with the people.
Avoid Summer strictly.
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