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Depiction of Goddess Kali: Kalighat by Uttam Chitrakar

Depiction of Goddess Kali: Kalighat by Uttam Chitrakar

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Maa Durga with defeated demon: Kalighat by Uttam Chitrakar

Maa Durga with defeated demon: Kalighat by Uttam Chitrakar

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Saraswati seated on her swan: Kalighat by Uttam Chitrakar

Saraswati seated on her swan: Kalighat by Uttam Chitrakar

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Goddess Durga with infant Ganesha: Kalighat by Uttam Chitrakar

Goddess Durga with infant Ganesha: Kalighat by Uttam Chitrakar

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Goddess Lakshmi seated on an owl: Kalighat by Uttam Chitrakar

Goddess Lakshmi seated on an owl: Kalighat by Uttam Chitrakar

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Durga defeating Mahishasura: Kalighat by Uttam Chitrakar

Durga defeating Mahishasura: Kalighat by Uttam Chitrakar

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Lord Ganesha in Kalighat by Uttam Chitrakar

Lord Ganesha in Kalighat by Uttam Chitrakar

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Lakshmi in pink attire: Kalighat by Uttam Chitrakar

Lakshmi in pink attire: Kalighat by Uttam Chitrakar

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Goddess Saraswati in Kalighat by Uttam Chitrakar

Goddess Saraswati in Kalighat by Uttam Chitrakar

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Maa Durga with infant Ganesha in Kalighat by Uttam Chitrakar

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Divine composition in Kalighat by Uttam Chitrakar

Divine composition in Kalighat by Uttam Chitrakar

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Goddess Saraswati with lotus motifs: Kalighat by Uttam Chitrakar

Goddess Saraswati with lotus motifs: Kalighat by Uttam Chitrakar

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Radha-Krishna in Kalighat by Uttam Chitrakar

Radha-Krishna in Kalighat by Uttam Chitrakar

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Maa Durga with her tiger: Kalighat by Uttam Chitrakar

Maa Durga with her tiger: Kalighat by Uttam Chitrakar

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Goddess Lakshmi in Kalighat by Uttam Chitrakar

Goddess Lakshmi in Kalighat by Uttam Chitrakar

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Radha-Krishna seated on a branch: Kalighat by Uttam Chitrakar

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Durga with Mahishasura: Kalighat by Uttam Chitrakar

Durga with Mahishasura: Kalighat by Uttam Chitrakar

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Shop Couple in Kalighat by Bhaskar Chitrakar

Couple in Kalighat by Bhaskar Chitrakar

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Shop Biwi with her Dog Series: Kalighat by Bhaskar Chitrakar

Bibi with her Dog Series: Kalighat by Bhaskar Chitrakar

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Buy Babu Biwi Kalighat Painting by Bhaskar Chitrakar

Babu Bibi Kalighat Painting by Bhaskar Chitrakar

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Shop Harmony in Love: Babu Biwi Kalighat Painting by Bhaskar Chitrakar

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Shop A Babu Biwi Story in Kalighat Style by Bhaskar Chitrakar

A Babu Bibi Story in Kalighat Style by Bhaskar Chitrakar

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Shop Babu Biwi's Dance in Kalighat

Babu Bibi's Dance in Kalighat by Bhaskar Chitrakar

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Shop Babu Biwi in an Auto Rickshaw: Kalighat by Bhaskar Chitrakar

Babu Bibi in an Auto Rickshaw: Kalighat by Bhaskar Chitrakar

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Babu Bibi in a Car: Kalighat by Bhaskar Chitrakar

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Shop Love and Roses: Kalighat by Bhaskar Chitrakar

Love and Roses: Kalighat by Bhaskar Chitrakar

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Shop Babu and his Dog: Kalighat by Bhaskar Chitrakar

Babu and his Dog: Kalighat by Bhaskar Chitrakar

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Shop  Salvador Dalí in Kalighat Painting by Bhaskar Chitrakar

Salvador Dalí in Kalighat Painting by Bhaskar 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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