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Pattachitra Painting Wooden Trays from Midnapore, West Bengal




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THE STORY
Pattachitra paintings of Bengal are not just art, they are a performance. Artists (chitrakars), usually from the Patua community of Midnapore, sing traditional stories or tales borrowed from their social mileu, while painting directly with brushes onto scrolls (Paubha). The traditional colors used in the pattachitra art are red, ochre, indigo, green, black and white all obtained from natural sources. This collection of paintings carries a wooden frame to be used as trays or can even decorate the walls of a modern home!

Patuas do not just paint, they also sing as they unfurl the painting scroll to show it to the audience. These songs are known as Pater Gaan. The songs are of a wide variety, ranging from traditional mythological tales and tribal rituals to stories based on modern Indian history and contemporary issues.

The pattachitra style of painting is similar to the cave paintings of Mohenjodaro, Harappa and Ajanta . ‘Patuas' and ‘Chitrakars' have been referred to in literary works dating back to more than 2500 years. Some researchers opine that ‘Patashilpa' was originally an art form of the Santhals (tribal community).