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Cosmic Harmony The Divine Union Khalighat Painting by Sonali Chitrakar
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Ethereal Melodies Melodies of Wisdom Khalighat Painting by Sonali Chitrakar
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Divine Mischief  Tales of Lord Krishna Khalighat Painting by Sonali Chitrakar
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Divine embrace Sacred love blossoms Khalighat Painting by Sonali Chitrakar
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Maternal Love   Nurturing devotion of devotion Khalighat Painting by Sonali Chitrakar
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Eternal Conquest Goddess Kali's Grace Khalighat Painting by Sonali Chitrakar
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Divine Conqueror Goddess Kali's Khalighat Splendour, Khalighat Painting by Sonali Chitrakar
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Savouring Traditions A Culinary Journey in Khalighat Art by Sonali Chitrakar
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Whispers of Love: A Serene Moment in Kalighat
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Wild Encounters: Harmony of Daily Life by Sonali Chitrakar
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Luminescent Journeys: Harmony in Motion
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 The Empowered Union in Kalighat by Sonali Chitrakar
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Nature's Bond: Symbiotic Serenity in Kalighat
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Majestic Splendor: A Glimpse of Regal Reverie in Kalighat by Sonali Chitrakar
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Intimate Bonds: Devoted Adornments in Kalighat
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Eternal Companions: The Radiance of Inseparable Harmony
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Nurturing Bonds: Tender Care in Kalighat
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Whispers of Reflection: Domestic Beauty in Kalighat
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Serenade of Devotion: Whispers of Adoration in Kalighat
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Gilded Encounters: The Allure of Artistry in Kalighat Painting
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The Barber's Craft: Masterful Transformations in Kalighat
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Harmony and Play: The Guardian's Delight in Kalighat
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Embrace of Love: A Kalighat Painting of Passion and Harmony
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Moments of Love: A Splendor of Passion
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Shades of Love: Vibrant Embrace by Sonali Chitrakar
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Harmony in Motion: A Captivating Scene of Love and Chaos
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Temptations of the Kitchen: A Kalighat Painting of Culinary Delights
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Shop Shiva and Parvati’s Divinity:Bengal Pattachitra, painting by Manoranjan Chitrakar
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Buy Durga with Trishul: Kalighat by Uttam Chitrakar
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Goddess Saraswati with lotus motifs: Kalighat by Uttam 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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