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 artists used colloidal tin 1 extensively as kakighat substitute of silver to embellish their paintings and to replicate the surface effects of jewels and pearls. Then a third member of the family would put in the proper colours in different parts of the body and the background, and last of all the outlines and finish would be done in lamp black.

Thoughtful, informative and polite comments are welcome. This painting shows the strength of human bonds — between mother and child, and between lovers. Although it is obvious that there would have first been a sketch and an outline and eventually the filling of the motif, it is interesting to learn about the unconventional tools used to make these paintings.

M ost visitors to Calcutta know something about Kalighat with its temple of the great Mother Kali, the Goddess who presides over Destruction and is at the same time the beloved Mother of All. Their paintings depicting different professions and costumes were also popular with the tourists. Jyotindra Jain, the famous art historian and museologist, however has different opinion regarding the artist behind Kalighat paintings.

Here, Kalam Patua at age 16 and his uncle are crossing a flooded river on their way to sell the clay idols. This trend continued up to the early part of the twentieth century and these paintings ended up in museums and private collections.


Kaighat 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. Only for ornamentation would artisans use silver and gold.

Kalighat Painting by Kalam Patua (India)

The old art has gone forever; the pictures are kaliggat finding their homes in museums and in the collections of a few art lovers. Kalighat paintings were produced with variety of water based, opaque colours on papers. Patua did later take several plane journeys but not until after the death of his parents.

Music and performing arts. The Oriental Kalighat paintings depict gods, goddesses, mythological characters as well as scenes from religious Hindu texts. Skip to main content. Kalighat paintings also saw a diversification in the motifs or kaighat for their paintings.

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Kalighat Inspired by Indian Mythology Image: This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated paijtings submissions. The material evidences like type of paper and colours used by the patuas point towards the first half of the 19 th century for the origin of the type.

Foyer 12 Apply Foyer filter. January 1 – 5. The Kalighat patuas showed an interest in portraying domestic pets which might be an influence of Mughal as well as contemporary British artists. The people whose sap of life is exhausted in their mere existence cannot think of creating a great art.

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Views Read Edit View history. This painting is a statement on kalkghat and the presence and acceptance of same-sex relationships in Hindu stories and art. Horizontal 2 Apply Horizontal filter. Several colours like blue, indigo, red, green, yellow, carbon black etc.

Cinema of Bangladesh Cinema of West Bengal. A Hindu Shaivite sadhu convicted in a murder case is turning oil press in Hooghly jail. The Kalighat patuas painted stories from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata in a quite fashionable way. Art paintongs the outcome of the exuberance of life. W G Archer finally concluded that the final phase of Kalighat paintings ceased to exist after about Such prints were then hand coloured.


Kalighat Paintings: A review

Women are also idolised as goddesses, such as Saraswati the goddess of knowledge and the arts, rather than being portrayed as objects of desire. Moreover, the whole production was on the basis of a cottage industry. He was once transferred to a branch far from home, leaving him no opportunity to paint.

Santiniketan, West Bengal -India. One painting has Elokeshi holding a red flower as the Mahant fans her. Dining Room 12 Apply Dining Room filter. Mukul Dey Archives wanted.

Due to the era in which Kalighat paintings were born, they were created with natural dyes and on easily available materials such as cloth and scrolls. They missed nothing that they saw. Among the deities that the Kalighat artists painted, the goddess Kali was a favorite.

Kalighat paintings are now on exhibit across the globe, right from Britain to Prague to Philadelphia. Kalam Patua created the work after the brutal gang-rape of Nirbhaya in Delhi in The Bodleian Library in Oxford holds Kalighat paintings. They are alone together, a sign that the seduction has begun. Each section was known as a pat and the artists therefore became known as patuas. It was thus obvious that the prime focus were given on religious and mythological characters.

This work pays tribute to those runners who dedicated their lives to delivering mail at any cost.