This Patachitra is the life story of Patachitra artist (aka Patua) Dukhushyam Chitrakar done by the artist himself. The scroll or the pata shows various incidents of his life - his birth, moving to Calcutta to study, going back to his village and continuing painting.


  • Title: Life of Dukhushyam Patua
  • Creator: Dukhushyam Chitrakar
  • Date Created: 2018
  • Location: Paschim Medinipur
  • Subject Keywords: Crafts, Patachitra, Scroll Painting, Craftspersons, Artists, Bengal, Geographical Indication, Culture, Cultural Tourism
  • Rights: Banglanatak.com
  • Medium: Natural colour on paper
  • 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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