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Ma Saraswati, Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

Saraswati's Grace: Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

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Uttam Chitrakar's Sacred Encounter: A Kalighat Masterpiece

Uttam Chitrakar's Sacred Encounter: A Kalighat Masterpiece

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The Artistry of Faith: Kalighat Paintings by Uttam Chitrakar for Sale

The Artistry of Faith: Kalighat Paintings by Uttam Chitrakar

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The Jungle's Rhapsody: A Kalighat Painting by Uttam Chitrakar

The Jungle's Rhapsody: A Kalighat Painting by Uttam Chitrakar

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Shop Ganesha handpainted in Kalighat style by Manoranjan Chitrakar

Ganesha handpainted in Kalighat style by Manoranjan Chitrakar

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Shop Lovers handpainted in Kalighat style by Manoranjan Chitrakar

Lovers handpainted in Kalighat style by Manoranjan Chitrakar

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Shop Ardhanarishvara handpainted in Kalighat style by Manoranjan Chitrakar

Ardhanarishvara handpainted in Kalighat style by Manoranjan Chitrakar

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Shop Mahakali handpainted in Kalighat style by Manoranjan Chitrakar

Mahakali handpainted in Kalighat style by Manoranjan Chitrakar

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Dancing Lovers handpainted in Kalighat style by Manoranjan Chitrakar

Dancing Lovers handpainted in Kalighat style by Manoranjan Chitrakar

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Shop Radha Krishna handpainted in Kalighat style by Manoranjan Chitrakar

Radha Krishna handpainted in Kalighat style by Manoranjan Chitrakar

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Shop A Rose handpainted in Kalighat style by Manoranjan Chitrakar

A Rose handpainted in Kalighat style by Manoranjan Chitrakar

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Shop Lakshmi with Uluka handpainted in Kalighat style by Manoranjan Chitrakar

Lakshmi with Uluka handpainted in Kalighat style by Manoranjan Chitrakar

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Shop Maa Durga handpainted in Kalighat style by Manoranjan Chitrakar

Maa Durga handpainted in Kalighat style by Manoranjan Chitrakar

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Shop Maa Durga handpainted in Kalighat style by Manoranjan Chitrakar

Maa Durga handpainted in Kalighat style by Manoranjan Chitrakar

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Shop Mahalaya handpainted in Kalighat style by Manoranjan Chitrakar

Mahalaya handpainted in Kalighat style by Manoranjan Chitrakar

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Shop Noka-vihar handpainted in Kalighat style by Manoranjan Chitrakar

Noka-vihar handpainted in Kalighat style by Manoranjan Chitrakar

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Kalighat Artwork by Bapi Chitrakar

Devotion in Painting Kalighat Painting by Bapi Chitrakar

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Radha-Krishna's Sacred Shade in Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

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Radha-Krishna's Sacred Love in Kalighat Painting by Bapi Chitrakar

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Rhythms of Love in Kalighat Painting by Bapi Chitrakar

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Tender Embrace in Kalighat Painting by Bapi Chitrakar

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Kalighat painting by Bapi Chitrakar

Garden of Memories in Kalighat Painting by Bapi Chitrakar

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Kalighat painting by Bapi Chitrakar

Lord Shiva's Guidance in Kalighat Painting by Bapi Chitrakar

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Kalighat painting by Bapi Chitrakar

The Political Spotlight in Kalighat Painting by Bapi Chitrakar

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The Political Rally in Kalighat Painting by Bapi Chitrakar

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Kalighat art work by Bapi Chitrakar

The Oppressor in Kalighat Painting by Bapi Chitrakar

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Kalighat Painting by Bapi Chitrakar

A Royal Court in Kalighat Painting by Bapi Chitrakar

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The Moments of Togetherness in Kalighat Painting by Bapi Chitrakar

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Babu and Biwi, Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

Babu and Bibi in Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

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Zamindar Babu in Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

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About Kalighat

Kalighat painting is a traditional art form that flourished in the vicinity of the Kalighat Kali Temple in Kolkata, India, during the 19th century. It is characterized by its bold lines, vibrant colors, minimal background details, and distinctive style. Jamini Roy was one of the artists greatly influenced by this style. Moreover, the themes of the Kalighat painting range from religious stories to social satires. Goddess Kali, Babu & Bibi, and Cat with the Fish are some of the well-known illustrations in this craft.

History and Legend

Kalighat painting began as a form of devotional art inspired by the pilgrimage to the Kalighat Temple. Pilgrims sought souvenirs to reminisce about their visits, leading to the creation of budget-friendly, portable artworks. Over time, these paintings evolved into a distinct style, reflecting the cultural and religious ethos of the region.

Methods and Techniques

Kalighat paintings are known for their simplicity and spontaneity, created using natural pigments on paper or cloth. The artists, known as 'patuas' or 'kalighat painters,' often worked in groups with shared responsibilities of mixing dyes, drawing lines, or filing up the colors. In the search for income, these craftsmen catered to British patrons at one point, incorporating elements of European realism and secular subjects into their craft. The secular subjects like English sahibs riding elephants, wealthy Calcutta babus (liberalists), and fraud sadhus (holy men) succumbing to base desires reflect the social concerns of that period.

Decline and Revival

The art form of Kalighat declined due to the advent of cheaper wood prints and machine-printed alternatives by the early 20th century. However, in recent decades, efforts have been made to revive the Kalighat painting tradition by artists, government, and art connoisseurs. The combined efforts through exhibitions, and workshops have helped in showcasing the unique identity of Kalighat painting and regain its lost legacy. More here on our blog.

 

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