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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Such prints were then hand coloured. This subject was also reproduced many times in Kalighat paintings. It is one of the most well-recognized forms of Indian kaligghat art that has been witnessed globally. Their paintings depicting different professions and costumes were also popular with the tourists.

Partha Sanyal is a Textile Engineer. Visit Us Plan Your Visit. Subject Figurative 12 Apply Figurative filter. The interesting thing in Kalighat painting was the presence of Islamic icons.

Kali embodied Shakti — the female active principle of Hindu philosophy. The subjects were mythological.

Kalighat Paintings- Modern Art Inspired by Life in Kolkatta

paitnings Patua did later take several plane journeys but not until after the death of his parents. Horizontal 2 Apply Horizontal filter. This trend continued up to the early part of the twentieth century and kzlighat paintings ended up in museums and private collections. But the Kalighat artists did not restrict themselves to religious themes. Women in Kalighat painting. This is surely a matter of great appreciation and a consortium is needed whose un-tired effort will revive the glorious past of Bengal.

Kalam Patua grew up with his uncle and aunt, artisans who made clay idols. Born into the Patua paintlngs of scroll painters and storytellers, Kalam Patua is a self-taught contemporary exponent of Kalighat painting, which draws on conventions from West Bengal scrolls and Indian miniature painting.

Kalighat Painting by Kalam Patua (India) — Google Arts & Culture

Playfully exploring sexual attraction and union, Patua consciously mixes religious symbols with earthly ones in this painting. Kalighat pata painting, early twentieth century, Calcutta. He was once transferred to a branch far from home, leaving him no opportunity to paint.


Kalighat painting flourished from the early s for almost a century, but fell into decline after the advent of the more easily reproducible lithograph and photograph. Kalighat painting kalifhat a school of modern art that originated in 19th century Calcutta, India, which was then the capital of British India.

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However, the paintings have attained its pinnacle in between and Each section was known as a pat and the artists therefore became known as patuas. W G Archer finally concluded that the final phase of Kalighat paintings ceased to exist after about The folk art of Kalighat did not keep itself divorced from life.

Catalogue Publications Projects Contact Us. The artists were villagers who travelled from place to place with their scroll paintings and sang the scenes from the epics depicted in the paintings during village gatherings and various festivals. 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, earthly figure who is trying to seduce the posing beauty.

Mukul Dey Archives When German traders found that these pictures had a very great sale throughout the country—for they were sold in thousands all over India—they imitated them and sent back glazed and coloured lithographed copies which flooded the country and drowned the original hand-painted pictures.

The patuas would travel kaliyhat village to village, unrolling the scroll a section at a time and singing the stories to their audiences. Made on mostly cloth or paper scrolls, Kalighat paintings are so named due to the thriving settlement of the patuas or cloth-painters around the temples of Kali at Kalighat in Kolkatta.

Because Kalighat painting originated near the temple of the goddess Kali, female subjects are often shown as strong, in her honour. APT has driven the Gallery’s focus on the region and enabled the development of one of the world’s most significant collections of contemporary Asian, Pacific kalughat Australian art.

The other vibrant colors used for filling the painting were essentially homemade in the form of either vegetable dyes or powdered stone fragments of different colors. Patua has created a number of works and series about photography and the associated ideas of self-representation. The central female figure is shown supporting her lover and an angelic child while she stoically gazes ahead, her body still and statuesque, straight despite the weight of a branch that grows out of her heart.


The children of the family as well as the women would lend a hand in various ways—grinding the colours, making the outlines in pencil and filling up with colour washes, and preparing everything for the painting—while the expert male members of the household would do the final and difficult portion of the drawings themselves.

There were many such instances which pertained to Islamic mythology. Explore our online art gallery and grab your choice kaighat painting or portraits or craft.

Women are often represented by trees in Hindu iconography, as they symbolise shelter, fertility, growth and possibility. Initially these artists were concentrated around the temple at Kalighat where there was a demand for religious art.

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Kalam Patua has worked in the Indian postal system for most of his adult life, mainly in remote West Bengal branches, only pursuing his passion for painting at night. For Kalam Patua, the snake charmer also has a personal and historical dimension — his ancestors were patua or scroll artists, who often practised alternative trades to supplement their incomes, making clay idols as did his uncle and auntperforming magic tricks, making fireworks and snake charming.

Even contemporary events like crime were the subject of many paintings. One artist would paint the outlines which would then be coloured in by women artists, each one assigned a different colour. Lines and paragraphs break automatically. Foyer 12 Apply Foyer filter.