It began in 1997 when Bikash Bhattacharjee, the first artist inspired by Maihar's rural
surrounds and quietude filled many canvases with his impressions. The place had a certain pulse
that inspired creativity. Since then, painters, ceramicists, sculptors and writers streamed in.
Workshops of different kinds were held every year and many artists were invited to share in the creative
blossoming of Maihar.