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The Political Rally in Kalighat Painting by Bapi Chitrakar

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Kalighat art work by Bapi Chitrakar

The Oppressor in Kalighat Painting by Bapi Chitrakar

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Kalighat Painting by Bapi Chitrakar

A Royal Court in Kalighat Painting by Bapi Chitrakar

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Kalighat Painting in India

The Moments of Togetherness in Kalighat Painting by Bapi Chitrakar

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Babu and Biwi, Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

Babu and Bibi in Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

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Zamindar Babu in Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

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Carnival Day, Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

The Carnival Day in Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

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Chaat Wala, Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

The Phuchkawala in Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

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Childhood, Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

The Childhood in Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

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Devotion, Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

The Devotion in Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

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Durga Avatars, Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

Mahishasura Mardini in Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

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The Bond of Family in Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

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Family Love, Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

Ganesha's Ornate Brilliance: Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

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Ganesha, Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

Lord Ganesha's Radiance:Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

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Gathering, Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

Garden of Responsibility :Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

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Lakshmi, Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

Lakshmi's Divine Grace: Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

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Lakshmi, Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

Goddess Lakshmi's Legacy:Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

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Ma Gurga, Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

Goddess of Valor:Kalighat Art by Bapi Chitrakar

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A band of Animals Kalighat Painting by Uttam Chitrakar

Wild Melody: Uttam Chitrakar’s Kalighat Harmony

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Shop Admiring Kalighat Painting by Uttam Chitrakar

The Mirror's Charm: Uttam Chitrakar’s Kalighat Reflections

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Kalighat art painting by Uttam Chitrakar

Gentleman's Reflection: Uttam Chitrakar’s Kalighat Portrait

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Soulful Admiration: Uttam Chitrakar’s Kalighat Couple

Soulful Admiration: Uttam Chitrakar’s Kalighat Couple

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Babu and Biwi Kalighat Painting by Uttam Chitrakar

Whispers of Affection: Uttam Chitrakar’s Kalighat Loving Embrace

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Babu and Biwi Kalighat Painting by Uttam Chitrakar

Caring Whispers: Uttam Chitrakar’s Kalighat Tale of Devotion

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Babu and Biwi Kalighat Painting by Uttam Chitrakar

Moments of Love: Uttam Chitrakar's Kalighat Stories

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Babu Kalighat Painting by Uttam Chitrakar

The Umbrella of Responsibility: Uttam Chitrakar's Kalighat Wonder

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Kalighat paintings by Uttam Chitrakar

Tapestry of Kindness: Kalighat Tales by Uttam Chitrakar

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Dancing Kalighat Painting by Uttam Chitrakar

Graceful Moments: Kalighat Tapestry by Uttam Chitrakar

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Forgiveness Kalighat Painting by Uttam Chitrakar

Dynamic portrayal of life: Uttam Chitrakar’s Kalighat Wonder

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Forgiveness Kalighat Painting by Uttam Chitrakar

Whispers of Reconciliation: Uttam Chitrakar’s Kalighat Tales

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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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