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Patachitra is a unique folk tradition of visual storytelling accompanied by songs. In Patachitra, stories are painted as frames on long scrolls and the Patuas gradually unfurl them while presenting the story through their songs.

About Patachitra

Folk tale scripts meld in acute aural and vivid visuals.


About Patachitra

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process

An interesting thing about Patachitra is the use of natural colours.

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performance

Stories of Patachitra paintings are narrated through songs composed by the artists called Patuas.

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Products

The Patachitra artists paint scrolls of different sizes from 15 frames to single frames. To cater to the demands of the market the artists have moved to diversified products like painting on textiles, boxes, bags, notebooks etc.

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The artists conducted workshops and demonstrations on Patachitra painting and natural-colour making. Pater Gaan was demonstrated by various groups of Patuas at regular intervals. The visitors went around the village, participated in workshops and visited the community museum. All the visitors were excited to witness the wonderful tradition of scroll painting.  Eminent personalities like actor […]

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recognition

GIBengal Patachitra has received the Geographical Indications (GI) tag in 2018. The GI tag conveys an assurance of quality and distinctiveness which is essentially attributable to the fact of its origin in that defined geographical locality, region or country.

In 2010-11 the Chitrataru, the artists’ society of Pingla obtained Craftmark for Bengal Patachitra. Craftmark is a labelling scheme that certifies authentic handmade crafts made directly by artisans in a socially responsible manner.