Illustrated Scroll

Sanuwar Chitrakar

Dastkari Haat Samiti

Dastkari Haat Samiti
New Delhi, India

A scroll was fashioned out of handmade translucent rice paper from Nepal. The design was planned to combine some favourite recipes of Bengal with a variety of depictions of fish. The quality of writing became an important element of the work and Sanuwar took to artistic writing like fish to water. The text on the scroll talks about the popularity of fish, a shopping list of essential ingredients, and instructions on how to cook the somes dishes from the bengali cuisine. Sanuwar accompanies his artistic script with paintings of people fishing, selling fish in the marketplace, cooking fish in the village, eating it at an urban table, and finally ends with a popular Kalighat school of art image of cats, having enjoyed a tasty meal, dangling skeletons of fish from their mouths.


  • Title: Illustrated Scroll
  • Creator: Sanuwar Chitrakar
  • Location: West Bengal, India
  • Transcript:
    Shorshe maach/ Mustard Fish, Chorchori- Vegetable dish, daal - lentil soup, Bhaat- steamed rice
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  • Type: Jharna Patachitra
  • Script: Bengali
  • Project Stage: Craftwork
  • Guide: Jaya Jaitly

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