Maa Kaali with her devotees in Bengal Pattachitra by Laila Chitrakar

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Dimensions : H: 22 | W: 14 Inches
Medium : Natural Colors on Paper

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In Laila Chitrakar's captivating Bengal Pattachitra, the divine presence of Ma Kaali emanates with grace and power as she bestows her blessings upon her devotees. Using a masterful combination of primary colors, Chitrakar brings forth the vibrant hues of blue and yellow, which serve as a striking backdrop to the scene. In this traditional art form, Maa Kaali is depicted with multiple arms, each adorned with symbolic objects representing various aspects of her divine nature. With her fierce yet compassionate gaze, she exudes strength and protection, offering solace to those who seek her guidance. The choice of blue and yellow as the primary colors holds significance in Bengal Pattachitra. Blue symbolizes the vastness of the cosmos, representing infinity and the eternal nature of the divine. Yellow, on the other hand, signifies warmth, enlightenment, and auspiciousness, evoking feelings of hope and positivity. As Maa Kaali showers her blessings upon her devotees, the painting transcends mere visual representation, serving as a spiritual conduit that transports viewers into the realm of devotion and reverence. Through Chitrakar's skilled brushwork and profound understanding of symbolism, the Bengal Pattachitra becomes not only a work of art but also a sacred expression of faith and devotion to Maa Kaali.

Bengal Patachitra stands as a cherished visual and oral tradition, skillfully practiced by the Patuas or Chitrakars of West Bengal. Rooted in cultural richness, the term 'Pata' originates from the Sanskrit word for fabric or cloth, while 'Chitra' signifies painting. These artworks, adorning long scrolls, serve as visual accompaniments to narratives narrated through songs and ballads. Patuas, the master painters, gradually unfurl these scrolls while singing the stories, a practice known as Pater Gaan. Through Bengal Patachitra, tales from diverse realms, including the Ramayana, tribal folklore, and mythological stories, come to life with exquisite illustrations. Traditional artisans employ natural mineral and vegetable colors, sourced locally from fruits and flowers, infusing the artworks with bold hues and intricate strokes. Themes depicted in Bengal Patachitra encompass a wide spectrum, ranging from mythological tales to historical narratives and contemporary social issues. These paintings not only showcase the artistic prowess of the Patuas but also serve as poignant reflections of Bengal's rich cultural heritage and societal ethos.

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Laila Chitrakar, a 32-year-old Bengal Pattachitra artist based in Kolkata, West Bengal, carries on a rich artistic legacy spanning seven to eight generations, having learned the craft from her maternal aunt and elder sister. Her talent has garnered widespread acclaim, earning her first prizes in both district and state-level competitions across Kolkata, Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, and Ahmedabad, where she has showcased her exquisite works at various exhibitions. Among her most cherished creations is "Machli Ki Shaadi," a vibrant portrayal of a fish wedding celebrated with joyous songs, which captivates audiences with its enchanting narrative. Additionally, Laila finds inspiration in depicting scenes from Radha Krishna's love story and the birth legends of tribal communities.

Utilizing a diverse range of mediums including canvas, coasters, cloth, t-shirts, dupattas, wood, and walls, Laila crafts unique and captivating artworks featuring a variety of subjects such as Durga Ma, fish, tribal motifs, and elements of nature. Despite facing challenges due to her lack of formal education, Laila finds solace in the universal language of art, which transcends barriers and allows her to express herself freely. Her dedication to her craft is unwavering, as she tirelessly devotes herself to her art from dawn till dusk, with the dream of one day receiving the prestigious Rashtrapati Puraskar, recognizing her exceptional talent and contribution to the artistic heritage of India.

Bengal Pattachitra

The Bengal Pattachitra is a visual and oral art tradition practised by the Patuas or Chitrakars of West Bengal. Islamic by faith, Patua artists represent a unique and secular art tradition. They earn their livelihood by telling stories from Hindu Mythology, local folklores, Sufi tradition and contemporary themes through paintings and songs. Though the origin of the Patua tradition has been difficult to trace for art historians, some claim the oral form goes back all the way to the 10th or 11th century CE!  

Product Details

Maa Kaali with her devotees in Bengal Pattachitra by Laila Chitrakar
Laila Chitrakar
Art Style
Bengal Pattachitra
Natural Colors
22 in(H) X 14 in(W)
Red, Orange, Yellow, Multicoloured
Country of Origin
West Bengal, India

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