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Kalighat Paintings refer to the class of paintings and drawings on hand-made or more usually on machine-made paper produced by a group of artists called. Kalighat Paintings is a form of Indian modern art that is inspired by religious and mythological characters as well as civil life. Kalighat paintings, as the name suggests, were created in the Kali Temple area on the ghat (bank) of the Burin Ganga (a canal diverging from the Ganges River) .

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This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam kalight. Here, Kalam Patua captures the excitement and poetry of the post office as it exists in his imagination, with love blossoming amid the sorting and stamping of letters.

The themes in Kalighat paintings had wide variety. Part of a paingings on the Culture of Bengal History People. Inthe Tarakeshwar murder case 1,5,10 was a public scandal in Calcutta based on an affair between Elokeshi, the young attractive wife of Nabinchandra Banerji and the mahant or chief priest of the Shiva temple at Tarakeshwar. The collection, which numbers about watercolour drawings and paintings, also includes line drawings and hand coloured lithographs.

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The patuas therefore started painting single pictures involving just one or two figures that could be painted quickly with simple forms leaving the background plain and eliminating non- essential details. From these paintings we can get a good glimpse of the religious and social life of Bengal during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Kalam Patua has worked in the Indian postal system for most of his adult life, mainly in remote West Bengal branches, only pursuing his passion for painting at night.


Kalam Patua created palntings work after the brutal ka,ighat of Nirbhaya in Delhi in Skip to main content. Due to this, there are two types of Kalighat paintings that one aklighat witness, Oriental and Occidental.

Kalighat Painting by Kalam Patua (India)

This painting is a statement on sexuality and the presence and acceptance of same-sex relationships in Hindu stories and art. From the depiction of Hindu gods, godand other mythological characters, the Kalighat paintings developed to reflect a variety of themes.

Kalighat ArtKalighat Paintings. Even contemporary events like crime were the subject of many paintings. The subjects were mythological. There are 12 search results. The central female figure is shown supporting her lover and an angelic child while she stoically gazes ahead, her body still and statuesque, straight despite the weight of a branch that grows out of her heart.

The artists were villagers who travelled from place to place with their scroll paintings and sang the scenes from the epics depicted in the paintings during village gatherings and various festivals. The Kalighat patuas showed an interest in portraying domestic pets which might be an influence of Mughal as well as contemporary British artists.

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People Bengalis Bengali renaissance List of Bengalis. He also paints light, humorous works, including a series about working in the postal system.

Their move to settle around the temples, especially Kalighat Temple, was deliberate because this is where the themes of their art were most appreciated. The artists had once been itinerant scroll painters who had switched to hand-made paper sheets instead of cloth after they moved to the British imperial capital of India, Kolkata, in the s.

Each section was known as a pat and the artists therefore became known kalight patuas.

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Kalighat Inspired by Indian Mythology Image: Women in Kalighat painting. Photograph prints Digital Art Prints Printmaking. The Kalighat paintings were the sort of souvenir one could buy after a visit to the temple. The old art has gone forever; the pictures are now finding their homes in museums and in the collections of a few art lovers. One of the earliest pieces of description on Kalighat paintings by Ajit Ghose 2 is also worth to be mentioned here.

The patuas would travel from village to village, unrolling the scroll a section at a time and singing the stories to their audiences. The artists also chose to portray secular themes and personalities and in the process played a role in the Independence movement. Later on, imported factory-made water colours were available from Britain and patuas took full advantage of these cheaper materials, avoiding use of home-made colours.

Simultaneously, Calcutta was slowly undergoing changes in its education system under the British rule and had begun to recognize fine art as a mainstream field of study. Mukul Dey Archives wanted.

Kalighat Paintings: Murder in the Collection

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During s, Shyamakanta Banerjee became famous 1 for wrestling with tigers while performing in circuses. About Meet the people, discover kalihgat work, and learn the latest news first.

Leave this field blank. The brushwork on these paintings are deemed by experts as deft, seamless, flowing and one of the smoothest art forms in India.