A Modern Spin: Kalighat's Vibrancy by Uttam Chitrakar


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Size : Medium
Dimensions : H: 22(in) by W: 14(in)
Medium : Natural Colors on Paper

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Uttam Chitrakar portrays a charming artwork that beautifully melds traditional Kalighat techniques with contemporary elements to depict a scene that resonates with the dynamism of modern life. At the centre of the composition is a woman confidently pedalling her bicycle through a modern urban setting. She is the epitome of independence and vitality, symbolising the spirit of progress and empowerment. Her attire gracefully merges with her modern mode of transportation, reflecting a harmonious coexistence of tradition and progress. In the basket at the front of her bicycle sits her beloved pet cat, a whimsical touch that adds a sense of playfulness and companionship to the scene. The cat seems content and at ease, enjoying the ride alongside its owner. Beside the woman walks a man, symbolising equality and partnership in the journey of life. The modern setting surrounding them is alive with vibrant colours, tall buildings, and various urban elements, showcasing Uttam Chitrakar's adaptability in blending Kalighat's traditional style with contemporary subject matter. This painting serves as a testament to the evolving nature of art and culture, where age-old traditions seamlessly integrate with the dynamic rhythms of the modern world. 


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Art Form

Kalighat

The Kalighat paintings developed in the 19th century in the Bengal presidency. The travelling scroll painters or the patuas had been practising folk art of Pattachitra. The new manners and customs of the British settlers, the revivalist exercises of the Mughal and theatres as well as the use of Sanskrit on stage was absorbed by the rural artists who had migrated to Calcutta and developed it into a popular urban genre. The period of Kalighat paintings coincides with the age of mechanical reproduction in the form of woodcut, lithography, oleography and printing. These developments had caused mass consumption of imagery in the urban cities and Kalighat was a response to it. The Kalighat painters interacted with the colonial paintings and began the use of water colours, shaded figures, folio-sized mill made papers. They absorbed the role of the western theatre performances and the art schools which developed the unique stylistic features of the Kalighat paintings as we know them today. More here on our blog.



Product Details

Title
A Modern Spin: Kalighat's Vibrancy by Uttam Chitrakar
Vendor
Uttam Chitrakar
Art Style
Kalighat
Medium
Natural Colors
Size
Medium
Dimension
22 in(H) X 14 in(W)
Themes
Woman, Man, Animals
Color
Blue, Black, Red, Brown, Purple, Orange
Country of Origin
West Bengal, India
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