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Sabitri Satyaban

Story The Patuas paint tales on long scroll of cloth and sing them as they unfurl the scrolls. This story is a fragment from the epic poem Mahabharata. In this pata, the sage Markanda tells Judhisthir about the story of his ancestors Satyaban and Sabitri. Song Judhisthir says, listen o great sage markanda, Tell me […] read more

Behula Mansamangal

This Patachitra is the story of Chand Sadagar and Manasa, significant for its portrayal of Behula who epitomises the best in Indian womanhood. It begins with conflict of the merchant Chand Sadagar with Manasa, the goddess of snakes and ends with him becoming an ardent devotee of Manasa. He gets his youngest son Lakhindar to […] read more

Durga & Ganga

This Patachitra is a humorous rendition of a dialogue exchange between the goddess Durga and goddess Ganga that ensues when Durga becomes angry that Ganga lives on Shiva’s head. Song Or else you will hear rude words. O when you had married King Shantanu Everyone knows about it O listen dear Ganga You had drowned […] read more

Satya Pir Pater Gaan

The Patuas paint tales on long scroll of cloth and sing them as they unfurl the scrolls. This scroll speaks of the great sufi saint Satya pir and his miraculous deeds. This narrative lays stress on the respect given to the saint in both Hinduism and Islam, thus urging communal harmony. Song Where are you […] read more

Krishna Lila

This is a part of an entire subgenre of Patachitra, the Krishna Lila narrates the tale of Radha with Krishna’s love. this story is narrated with typical playful humor associated with Lord Krishna, as he tricks Radha into assenting to his advances, overcoming social boundaries and thus fulfilling the love they both share. Song Under […] read more

Ravana Badh

A story from one of the two epics of India, Ramayan, this Patachitra depicts the story of slaying of Ravana by Ram. There are many adaptations of Ramayan all over India, slaying of Ravan is one such episode which has several variants. In this Patachitra, Ram uses a special arrow retrieved by Hanuman, an ardent […] read more

Manasha Mangal

This Patachitra is the story of Chand Sadagar and Manasa, significant for its portrayal of Behula who epitomises the best in Indian womanhood. It begins with conflict of the merchant Chand Sadagar with Manasa, the goddess of snakes and ends with him becoming an ardent devotee of Manasa. ChandSadagar is a worshipper of Shiva, but […] read more

Krishna Rash Lila

The Patuas paint tales on long scroll of cloth and sing them as they unfurl the scrolls. This is a part of an entire subgenre of Patachitra, the Krishna Lila narrates the tale of Radha and Krishna’s love. This story is narrated with the typical playful humor associated with Lord Krishna, as he tricks Radha […] read more

Sita Haran

This story of Patachitra is a fragment of the epic poem Ramayana. A very well known story, narrates the kidnapping of Sita, Lord Ram’s wife. Ram Chandra had to leave his house with Sita and Lakshman to keep his father’s promise. They stayed in the forest. Rama killed the magic deer (Mayamriga). Ravana kidnapped Sita. […] read more

Data Karna

Mahabharat, one of the two great epics of India, has several important characters. Karna, son of Kunti is one of them. He is known as ‘Danbir’ which translates to benevolent, generous. Depicted here is a story of the test conducted by Lord Krishna where he wanted to gauge if Karna was worthy of his name. […] read more