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 were produced with variety of water based, opaque colours on papers. He also paints light, humorous works, including a series about working in the postal system. Here, Kalam Patua at age 16 and his uncle are crossing a flooded river on their way to sell the clay idols.

Bengalis Bengali renaissance List of Bengalis. Various scenes related to the Tarakeswar affair were portrayed in Kalighat repertoire: In contrast to the linear narrative kalighay of the scrolls, Kalighat paintings depict a single scene with graphic, simplified forms and often satirical, contemporary content.

From the reproductions which accompany this article it will be seen that the drawings, by means of a few broad strokes of the brush, give a vigorous outline of kxlighat God or of some legendary subject, or sketch some purely social subject treated in a spirit of satire. Besides his profession, he is having interest to explore traditional arts and heritages of Bengal.

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Kalighat Paintings- Modern Art Inspired by Life in Kolkatta

Foreign residents know of Kalighat as a place where pilgrims go by tram and bus by their thousands. Kalighat painting flourished from the early s for almost a century, but fell into ka,ighat after the advent of the more easily reproducible lithograph and photograph. Santiniketan, West Bengal -India. Radha Krishna Figure 4: The people whose sap of life is exhausted in their mere apintings cannot think of creating a great art. Photography and Kalighat painting were rival professions in the expanding metropolis of 19th century Kolkata.


The Kalighat paintings were the sort of souvenir one could buy after a visit to the temple.

To avoid being swept away, Patua holds on to a stick that his uncle carries in his mouth. Music and performing arts.

The Calcutta School of Art was one such school and attracted pajntings artists—the patuas—to the city. People Bengalis Bengali renaissance List of Bengalis. Lines and paragraphs break automatically. Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically. Due to this, there are two types of Kalighat paintings that one can witness, Oriental and Occidental.

The male figure has the blue skin of Krishna, and the delicately painted sky with its stylised clouds also suggest divinity, contrasting with the balding, kalighay figure who is trying to seduce the posing beauty. Women are also idolised as goddesses, such as Saraswati the goddess of knowledge and the arts, rather than being portrayed as objects of desire.

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Decorating the walls was a very old tradition in India, whether in temples, palaces or even the humble houses of the poor. Each member of the family had a particular task in the creation process, based on sex and age.


More information about text formats. The paintings are mostly done on cloth, paper or canvas with squirrel hair brushes and color pigments. Unable to take part in the protests that swept the city, Patua created a small group of paintings to honour Nirbhaya and to portray the chilling brutality of her attackers. During s, Shyamakanta Banerjee became famous 1 for wrestling with tigers while performing in circuses.

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Piantings on mostly cloth or paper scrolls, Kalighat paintings are so named due to the thriving settlement of the patuas or cloth-painters paijtings the temples of Kali at Kalighat in Kolkatta.

This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions. They used their art for other kinds of social commentary: A Hindu Shaivite sadhu convicted in a murder case is turning oil press in Hooghly jail. The Kalighat patuas showed an interest in portraying domestic pets which might be an influence of Mughal as well as contemporary British artists.

Mukul Dey The Archives F. Here, Kalam Patua captures the excitement and poetry of the post office as it exists in his imagination, with love blossoming amid the sorting and stamping of letters. According to Mukul Dey 8 the method of drawing, was very simple and a family affair. Kkalighat the Kalighat artists did not restrict themselves to religious themes.