The Art of a Patachitra Artist

Rupsona Chitrakar2018


Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Patachitra annual village festival, POT Maya generates high demands of paintings and products, thus leaving the artists very busy during this period. Artists often customise specific products according to the buyers' needs.


  • Title: The Art of a Patachitra Artist
  • Creator: Rupsona Chitrakar
  • Date Created: 2018
  • Location: Paschim Medinipur
  • Subject Keywords: Crafts, Patachitra, Scroll Painting, Craftspersons, Artists, Bengal, Geographical Indication
  • 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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