Pattachitras of Bengal are unique and known for their exquisite artistry. These are different from the patuas of Orissa;miniature paintings o f Rajasthan, folk paintings of Madhubani and the narrative paintings of Kalamkari.
The paintings of Bengal are still linked to the Gods and Goddess from temples and have ritual significance.
The chitrakars also paint the temple walls, the temple walls, the chariots and in their free time paint scrolls and sells to the public. The paintings they do are famous as ‘pattachitra’.
The chitrakars take their art with seriousness and they maintain strict regimen in their life style. Earlier, it was only the male chitrakaras who used to paint .But today, others have also adopted the art and womenfolk have carved a niche for themselves.
These paintings are based on Hindu mythology and specially inspired by Krishna,Radha and Vaishnava cult.All colours used in the Paintings are natural and paintings are made fully old traditional way by Chitrakaras . Pattachitra style of painting is one of the oldest and most popular art forms of Bengal and Odisha. The name Pattachitra has evolved from the Sanskrit words patta, meaning canvas, and chitra, meaning picture.
Pattachitra is thus a painting done on canvas, and is manifested by rich colourful application, creative motifs and designs, and portrayal of simple themes, mostly mythological in depiction.The traditions of pattachitra paintings are more than thousand years old.
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