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Krishna's Melody: Uttam Chitrakar's Kalighat Reflections
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Goddess of Power: Uttam Chitrakar's Kalighat Tribute
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Painting of Krishna Radha in Kalighat style
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My Guru Kalighat Painting
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My Music Teacher Kalighat Painting
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Shringaar Kalighat Painting
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Kalighat painting by Bapi Chitrakar
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Kalighat art work by Bapi Chitrakar
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Kalighat Painting in India
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A band of Animals Kalighat Painting by Uttam Chitrakar
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Babu and Biwi Kalighat Painting by Uttam Chitrakar
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Forgiveness Kalighat Painting by Uttam Chitrakar
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Mischievousness of the Feline Companion: Uttam Chitrakar Kalighat Tales
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Capturing the Tender Moment: Uttam Chitrakar’s Kalighat portrayal of love
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Grace of Goddess Shashti: Uttam Chitrakar’s Divine Kalighat Portrayal
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Kal Ketu Kalighat Painting by Uttam Chitrakar
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Tender Embrace of Mother Parvati: Kalighat Vibrancy by Uttam Chitrakar
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Fiery Grace of Goddess Kali: Uttam Chitrakar’s Vibrant Kalighat Painting
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Vibrant Travellers: Uttam Chitrakar’s Kalighat Splendour
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The Divine Melody Radha and Krishna's Eternal Love by Uttam Chitrakar
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A Symphony of Love A Khalighat Painting of a Swing's Embrace by Sonali Chitrakar
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Moments of Passion  A Kalighat Painting tapestry by Sonali Chitrakar
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In the Embrace of Togetherness A Kalighat Painting of Leisure and Love by Sonali Chitrakar
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In the Petal of Love A Khalighat Painting of Domestic Harmony by Sonali Chitrakar
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Reflections of Elegance A Serene Portrait A Khalighat Painting by Sonali Chitrakar
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Babu and Bibi A Tale of Joyful Connection A Khalighat Painting by Sonali Chitrakar
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Harmony of Creativity Intimacy and Artistry on a Khalighat Canvas by Sonali Chitrakar
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Illicit Affair A Tapestry of the Tharakeshwar Affair Khalighat Painting by Sonali Chitrakar
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The eternal union  Tapestry of Divine embrace Khalighat Painting by Sonali 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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