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  1. Sacred Maternity: Uttam Chitrakar's Kalighat Vision of Parvati

    Sacred Maternity: Uttam Chitrakar's Kalighat Vision of Parvati

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  2. Divine Maternity: Uttam Chitrakar's Parvati and Her Sons

    Divine Maternity: Uttam Chitrakar's Parvati and Her Sons

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  3. Celestial Wisdom: Lord Ganesha in Kalighat Art by Uttam Chitrakar

    Celestial Wisdom: Lord Ganesha in Kalighat Art by Uttam Chitrakar

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  4. Order Online Ganesha's Divine Intellect: A Kalighat Masterpiece by Uttam Chitrakar at memeraki.com

    Ganesha's Divine Intellect: A Kalighat Masterpiece by Uttam Chitrakar

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  5. The Allure of Pixels: Uttam Chitrakar's Digital Age Depiction

    The Allure of Pixels: Uttam Chitrakar's Digital Age Depiction

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  6. Monochromatic Bonds: Uttam Chitrakar's Travelling Couple

    Monochromatic Bonds: Uttam Chitrakar's Travelling Couple

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  7. Divine Devotion: A Glimpse into Uttam Chitrakar's Kalighat

    Divine Devotion: A Glimpse into Uttam Chitrakar's Kalighat

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    Kalighat's Narrative: Splendour Depiction by Uttam Chitrakar

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  9. Garden of Love: Uttam Chitrakar’s Kalighat

    Garden of Love: Uttam Chitrakar’s Kalighat

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  10. Shaded Conversations: Uttam Chitrakar's Kalighat Masterpiece

    Shaded Conversations: Uttam Chitrakar's Kalighat

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  11. Buy Human Connection: Uttam Chitrakar's Kalighat Portrait

    Human Connection: Uttam Chitrakar's Kalighat Portrait

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  12. Uttam Chitrakar's Elegance:Kalighat's Occidental Delight

    Uttam Chitrakar's Elegance:Kalighat's Occidental Delight

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  13. Serenade of Smoke: Uttam chitrakar's Kalighat

    Serenade of Smoke: Uttam chitrakar's Kalighat

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  14. The Art of Connection: Uttam Chitrakar's Kalighat Masterpiece

    The Art of Connection: Uttam Chitrakar's Kalighat Masterpiece

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  15. Inhaling Love: Uttam Chitrakar's Kalighat Hookah Delight

    Inhaling Love: Uttam Chitrakar's Kalighat Hookah Delight

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  16. Whispers of Affection: A Kalighat Portrait by Uttam Chitrakar\

    Whispers of Affection: A Kalighat Portrait by Uttam Chitrakar

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  17. Breezes of Affection: Uttam Chitrakar's Kalighat Couple

    Breezes of Affection: Uttam Chitrakar's Kalighat Couple

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  18. Unity in Relaxation: A Kalighat Painting by Uttam Chitrakar

    Unity in Relaxation: A Kalighat Painting by Uttam Chitrakar

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  19. The Veena's Embrace: A Kalighat Portrait by Uttam Chitrakar

    The Veena's Embrace: A Kalighat Portrait by Uttam Chitrakar

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  20. Goddess of the Arts: A Kalighat Painting by Uttam Chitrakar

    Goddess of the Arts: A Kalighat Painting by Uttam Chitrakar

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  21. Roaming Hearts: Uttam Chitrakar's Travelling Couple

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  22. Love's Thrilling Ride: A Kalighat Portrait by Uttam Chitrakar

    Love's Thrilling Ride: A Kalighat Portrait by Uttam Chitrakar

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  23. The Barber's Artistry: A Kalighat Painting by Uttam Chitrakar

    The Barber's Artistry: A Kalighat Painting by Uttam Chitrakar

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  24. Breaking the Fast Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

    Rituals of Devotion: Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

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    Companions of Culture: Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

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  26. Maa Saraswati Kalighat Style Painting for Sale

    Maa Saraswati's Elegance : Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

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  27. Buy Romancing Each Other Kalighat Painting

    Cherished Moments : Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

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  28. Romancing Each Other Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

    Serenade of Romance: Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

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    Shared Beauty:Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

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    Quiet Reflection: 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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