A Bengali couple In Kalighat by Uttam Chitrakar


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Dimensions : H: 13(in) by W: 11(in)
Medium : Natural Colors on Paper

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This beautiful Kalighat painting by the artist Uttam Chitrakar showcases a Bengali couple dancing in a close embrace. The Babu is holding a flower while Biwi is looking sideways holding her chunni. The woman, at the center of the canvas, radiates elegance and poise. Her intricate clothing reflects her cultural heritage, and her delicate white jewelry adds a touch of ethereal beauty. The man's tender gesture of presenting a rose symbolizes love and admiration, highlighting his appreciation for her grace and beauty. This painting beautifully captures the power of love and the subtle gestures that express deep affection.

Kalighat paintings originated in the 19th century in the Bengal Presidency and became a unique blend of traditional and modern influences. Traveling scroll painters, known as patuas, were inspired by the new customs brought by British settlers, Mughal revivalism, and the vibrant theater scene. These rural artists moved to Calcutta, where they embraced these influences and created a popular urban art form. This period saw the rise of mechanical reproduction techniques like woodcut, lithography, and printing, which made art widely accessible. Kalighat paintings, with their use of watercolors and shaded figures on mill-made paper, reflected this interaction with colonial and Western art styles. The influence of art schools further refined their unique features, resulting in vibrant and captivating works. Uttam Chitrakar's painting is a wonderful example of this rich tradition, blending cultural heritage with a heartfelt portrayal of love and tenderness.


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Uttam Chitrakar, born in 1991, is a remarkable Kalighat artist whose creative journey began under the guidance of his father. His artistic prowess flourished further through the teachings of his family members. Specializing in the Kalighat style, Uttam Ji skillfully captures the essence of Babu Culture in his works.

In 2018, he earned recognition as an Ojas Art Protégé Artist, showcasing his commitment to excellence. Uttam's artworks have graced prestigious institutions such as Chitrakala Parishad in Bengaluru, IGNCA in Delhi, Victoria Memorial Hall in Kolkata, and the Crafts Museum in Delhi. His ability to breathe life into the Kalighat tradition is truly commendable, making him a notable figure in the realm of Indian art. Uttam Chitrakar Instagram

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.  



Product Details

Title
A Bengali couple In Kalighat by Uttam Chitrakar
Artist
Uttam Chitrakar
Art Style
Kalighat
Medium
Natural Colors
Size
Medium
Dimension
13 in(H) X 11 in(W)
Themes
Folk Art
Color
White, Green, Multicoloured
Country of Origin
West Bengal, India

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