The pioneering institute in the handicrafts sector, Upendra Maharathi Shilp Anusandhan Sansthan (UMSAS), Patna was established in 1956 by the Department of Industries, Government of Bihar.
UMSAS is aimed to preserve, research and promote the various forms of handicrafts of Bihar. The institute is continuously working on the growth and development of the crafts sector and craftsmen in an integrated manner by generating requisite knowledge, training program and workshops for up-gradation of relevant skills. The Institute conducts product development, research and training activities and also attempts to safeguard the languishing crafts of the state.
The institution is spread in about six-acre land, the institute is well planned in terms of physical infrastructure and operational activities. There are workshops, studios, museum, library, etc. in the campus itself.
There is a museum in its building that showcases an awesome and permanent collection of arts and crafts of Bihar. People can see a huge collection of handicrafts in this museum-like stone and wood carvings, Madhubani paintings, papier mache art, tikuli art, bamboo work, brass and bell metal products and many more. Museum is unique in the sense that apart from showcasing some of the most fascinating collections of traditional craft items it also provides an opportunity for craftsmen to visit here and participate in creative workshops.
UMSAS runs a training program of six months duration throughout the year in 10 various forms of art and craft. Students get trained under the guidance of skilled craftsmen. They also learn entrepreneurial skills, promotional activities connected with their traditional arts and crafts. These craftsmen come from various parts of India. Hostel facility is also available for outstation students.
The Institution has a rich library. The library provides access to a unique collection of diverse resources that support curricular and research activities at UMSAS. The primary focus of the collection is art & craft of Bihar. It is open to the public as a reference library.
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