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Experience the enchanting world of Mystical Mastery Unleashed: A Kalighat Patua Masterpiece by owning a limited edition print of this extraordinary artwork.

Mystical Mastery Unleashed: A Kalighat Patua Masterpiece by Manoranjan Chitrakar

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purchasing a copy of 'Reflections of Tradition: A Kaleidoscope of Stories in Kalighat Style Patua Painting' to add to my art collection.
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Experience the majesty of the Divine Maa Kali with us.

Majestic Encounter: The Divine Maa Kali Kalighat by Manoranjan Chitrakar

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Immerse yourself in the Eternal Love Story, an enchanting romance.

Eternal Love Story: Awakening of Romance Kalighat by Manoranjan Chitrakar

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Discover the captivating world of Kalighat style Patua painting today!
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Experience the transcendence of Mystical Lord Shiva through vibrant hues.

Transcendence in Hues: Mystical Lord Shiva Kalighat by Manoranjan Chitrakar

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Passionate Expression of Love: A Shimmering Tale of Color and Affection" is available for purchase now.
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Capture the enigmatic black-yellow cat with its prized catch!

Enigmatic Black-Yellow Cat with its Prized Catch Kalighat art by Manoranjan Chitrakar

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Capture the essence of divine wisdom with Melodies of Saraswati

Melodies of Divine Wisdom: Goddess Saraswati Kalighat by Manoranjan Chitrakar

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Embark on a captivating journey through Divine Expressions: The Timeless Saga of Love and Separation.
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Experience the timeless charm of "A Kaleidoscope of Care and Concern."
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Immerse yourself in the captivating world of Patua Painting with "Ravishing Reverie: The Timeless Tales." Buy now to embark on a journey of art and culture!
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Indulge in the divine beauty of Kalighat Style Patau paintings! Click here to buy now and immerse yourself in a vibrant dance of colors.

A Divine Dance of Colors: Kalighat Style Patua Painting by Manoranjan Chitrakar

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Experience the captivating allure of Dynamic Narratives, where colors come alive. Buy now and immerse yourself in timeless charm.
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Discover the timeless beauty of Kalighat Patua paintings. Buy now and bring home a piece of spirited splendor!"
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Experience the awe-inspiring Roaring Divinity: Kalighat Patua Painting and harness the unleashed power of Narsimha. Buy now!
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Discover the celestial radiance of Maa Saraswati's divine brilliance – buy now and embrace enlightenment.
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Discover the epic tales of Hanuman, the embodiment of strength and valor. Buy now and dive into his colorful world!
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Embrace the mystical grace of Goddess Ganga and experience her flowing majesty. Buy now and immerse yourself in divine blessings.

Mystical Grace: Flowing Majesty Goddess Ganga, Kalighat style by Manoranjan Chitrakar

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Discover the transformative power of Sacred Visions Unveiled—experience dynamic devotion. Buy now and embark on a spiritual journey.
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Experience the electrifying meeting between a woman and the fierce Hanuman. Buy now for an unforgettable adventure!
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Discover the mesmerizing beauty of 'Kaleidoscope of Devotion: Divine Expressions Unveiled,' an extraordinary masterpiece that captures the essence of divine devotion.
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Unleash the power of myth and legend in "Roaring Valor," a gripping chronicle of the epic battle. Buy now!
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Witness the Epic Clash: Devil and Divine collide in one frame! Limited edition artwork available now. Buy your piece of history today!

Epic Clash: Devil and Divine in One Frame, Kalighat style by Manoranjan Chitrakar

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purchase The Majestic Saga of Ramayana: Epic Encounters, Kalighat style by Manoranjan Chitrakar
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Discover Radiant Resilience, the embodiment of exquisite reverence. Buy now and embrace your inner strength.
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Witness the awe-inspiring might of Warrior Shiva! Tap into the divine power today. Buy now and embrace the extraordinary. Unleash the extraordinary, buy now!
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Experience the majesty of Kalighat Splendor - A Warrior's Horse. Embrace tradition and buy now for an exquisite journey.
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Symbiotic Strides: The tale of an Amusing Encounter. Experience laughter and joy. Buy now and embark on this whimsical journey!
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Cycle of Love: A Bengali Pattachitra Journey with Babu and Bibi Bengal Pattachitra by Swarna Chitrakar for sale
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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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