Pata Chitra/Scroll Painting of  West Bengal

Pata Chitra/Scroll Painting of West Bengal


This is a hereditary craft, the painters here being known as patidars rather than the generic 'chitrakara'. The surface of the cloth is thickened with black earth, cow dung, and lac. The figure outlines are in lamp-black or red but the figures themselves are painted in vegetable colours. The figures are symbolic and bold and the style is vigorous and spontaneous. The scrolls are religious as well as social. Patidars used these scrolls for story-telling, with song and dance -- in the various villages.

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