In Shades of Valor: A Kalighat Painting of Mahishasur Mardini by Uttam Chitrakar

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Size : Medium
Dimensions : H: 30 (in) by W: 22 (in)
Medium : Natural Colors on Paper

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In this Kalighat Painting, Uttam Chitrakar portrays a powerful depiction of Goddess Durga emerges—a portrayal that captures her in her fierce and triumphant form as Mahishasur Mardini. This particular painting, rendered in shades of gray, holds a unique aura, drawing viewers into the mystique and intensity of the scene. The canvas comes to life with the image of Goddess Durga, standing tall and majestic against a backdrop of swirling clouds. Her countenance is a harmonious blend of grace and determination, her eyes ablaze with divine power. She is adorned in regal attire, her dark gray complexion radiating a sense of strength and invincibility. With her multiple arms, each holding a weapon symbolizing her might, she stands poised to vanquish the buffalo demon, Mahishasur. The gray hues of the painting add an air of intensity and depth, evoking a sense of reverence for the divine battle about to unfold. The detailing of the painting is remarkable, capturing every intricate element of the scene. The artist's skill is evident in the fine lines and meticulous shading, which bring the characters to life with a sense of dynamism and movement.

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Art Form


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

In Shades of Valor: A Kalighat Painting of Mahishasur Mardini by Uttam Chitrakar
Uttam Chitrakar
Art Style
Natural Colors
30 in(H) X 22 in(W)
Folk Art, Durga, Goddess, Hindu, Religious
White, Red, gray, Black, Multicoloured
Country of Origin
West Bengal, India
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