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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Kalighat Paintings | Tribal Art Work

Not being able to cope with the competition of machine-made productions cheaper than hand-drawn and hand painted pictures selling at two or four pice each, their paintigs have now taken to other professions.

The Board of Governors is responsible for all philanthropic activities. Paintingd page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically. Kalam Patua upholds the Kalighat tradition of observing contemporary society, showing here diners at a local restaurant, with obsequious waiters, bearded intellectuals, a blue-skinned business man, and dreamy young women.

Kali embodied Shakti — the female active principle of Hindu philosophy. Skip to main content.

Living Room 12 Apply Living Room filter. Newsletters Select the newsletter s to which you want to subscribe or unsubscribe. Kalighat painting is a school of modern art that originated in 19th century Calcutta, India, which was then the capital of British India.

Pakntings Patua grew up with his uncle and aunt, artisans who made clay idols. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Kalighat Painting by Kalam Patua (India)

The charm of the Kalighah paintings lies in the fact that they captured the essence of daily life and they influence modern artistes like the late Jamini Roy even to this day.

Moreover, the whole production was on the basis of a cottage industry. Cinema of Bangladesh Cinema of West Bengal. Catalogue Publications Projects Contact Us. Economically, this translated as being one of the biggest cottage industries in West Bengal at the time.

Today the practice of Kalighat paintings still continues in the villages of Bengal where the rich traditions are proudly being pqintings out by the patuas which are being handed down through the generations. Santiniketan, West Bengal -India. With the rise of popularity and fame of the goddess Kali, many of the artisans and craftsmen flocked to Kalighat area to capitalise the new market by selling cheap religious souvenirs to the visitors.

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However, the paintings have attained its pinnacle in between and Mukul Dey Archives wanted. I have visited several museums after that to get the inherent taste of this gracious art and found a great zeal to write a review with the knowledge that I have kalighwt these days. Topics include the changing nature of Indian society; dowry deaths and violence against women.

Various scenes related to the Tarakeswar affair were portrayed in Kalighat repertoire: Since Kalighat Temple was a popular religious destination, people would buy Kalighat paintings during their regular visits. Schad Gallery of Biodiversity More Galleries. Mukul Dey The Archives F.

The Bodleian Library in Oxford holds Kalighat paintings. Silvery and golden colours were also used for ornamentation. Besides motifs, Kalighat paintings feature the use of basic colors like indigo, blue, black, yellow, red and green due to the predominant use of homemade dyes.


Kalighat ArtKalighat Paintings. The patuas would travel from village to village, unrolling the scroll a section at a time and singing the stories to their audiences. The folk art paintinngs Kalighat did not keep itself divorced from life. Kalam Patua has worked in the Indian postal system for most of his adult life, kaoighat in remote West Bengal branches, only pursuing his passion for painting at night.

Kalighat paintings were mainly sold as items of religious souvenir taken by the pajntings to the Kali oalighat. The scroll painters from West Bengal who opened shops in the Kalighat district and began painting religious subjects in the Kalighat style also became known for their satirical portrayals of Kolkata society — English sahibs riding elephants, wealthy Calcutta babus liberalists immorally squandering wealth, and charlatan sadhus holy men succumbing to base desires.

Written by Piali Roy. Squirrel and goat hair was used to make the brush that was used for sketch drawings. They set up institutions that imparted a European style of academic training to Indian artists.