Hiranyakashipu depicted in Patachitra

Manu Chitrakar


Kolkata, West Bengal, India


  • Title: Hiranyakashipu depicted in Patachitra
  • Creator: Manu Chitrakar
  • Rights: Banglanatak.com
  • About the craft: Patachitra of Bengal is a tradition of visual storytelling. Stories are painted on long scrolls by the painters known as Chitrakars who gradually unfurl them while singing the stories. Patachitra is known for its bold colours, lines and strokes. The songs are called Pater Gaan. One of the fascinating aspects of Patachitra is the use of natural colours derived from local sources like fruits and flowers. The Patuas paint and sing on various themes like mythological tales, historical and contemporary themes and social issues.

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