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Kalighat Patachitra

  • Kalighat Patachitra developed in the temple courtyard of the famous Kali temple of Kolkata in the nineteenth century, and is still practiced by highly skilled artists also known as Patuas.

  • A unique and simple technique goes into creating these bold and attractive drawings, that the patuas were keen observers of life are amply clear from the paintings.

  • Using a brush, ink from the soot of lamps and colour, the patuas painted deities and scenes from Hindu mythology, with the satirical paintings depicting the changes society was going through enjoying the most attention and appreciation.

  • As pilgrims who visited the Kali Temple carried back Kalighat Patachitra or paintings to different parts of India and abroad, their popularity only grew with time.

  • That the popularity of this art form has stood the test of time, is evident from the fact that even today, pilgrims and tourists lap up fake imitations of Kalighat Patachitra at exorbitant prices.

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