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Patachitra: Ancient scroll painting of Bengal  Storytelling through song and art

Patachitra: Ancient scroll painting of Bengal Storytelling through song and art

Posted on : 09/01/2015 12:19pm
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The vibrant and expressive folk art by the patuacommunity from West Bengal is a truly colourful one, which is being sustained in times of change.

 

The patua scroll painting from eastern India, sometimes also called patachitra scroll painting, is a delightful traditional art which takes on a performative nature. Combining art and narrative through song, patachitra from West Bengal has its unique features, though similar traditions can be found in a few other places concentrated around the state, in states such as Bihar and Odisha. Approximated to be dating back to 13th century, this art form has reflected topics far and wide, from myths to current social issues. In times of change, with various initiatives, the practitioners of this pictorial narrative art have also diversified themselves to sustain.

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