Lord Krishna and Gopis Kalighat Painting by Uttam Chitrakar

It was just a pastime of Lord Shri Krishna to test and teach the gopis a lesson. The gopis loved Shri Krishna very much and desiring to obtain Him as their husband they performed Kātyāyanī (one from of maa Durga) vrat for a month. On the final day of the vrat finishing their puja, the gopis went to Yamuna for bathing. They put their clothes on the banks and went into the waters, naked which is considered as an offence to the God of Water, Varuna. Hence, to teach them a leasson, Lord Krishna and his friends hid their clothes in a huge pile. When gopis found out that Shri Krishna and His friends had taken their clothes, they requested Shri Krishna to give them back. Then, to test their surrenderness Shri Krishna spoke to them’ “The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: If you girls are actually My maidservants, and if you will really do what I say, then come here with your innocent smiles and let each girl pick out her clothes. If you don’t do what I say, I won’t give them back to you. And even if the king becomes angry, what can he do?”. After the gopis did as Shri Krishna told them, He returned their clothes. Thus after lovingly teasing and testing the gopis, the Lord granted their desire and told them that their wishes will be fulfilled

 About The Art: Kalighat paintings are a part of pattachitra paintings originating in West Bengal in the 19th century. Made on paper scrolls, the style got its name due to the thriving settlement of the patuas or cloth-painters around the temples of Kali at Kalighat in Kolkata. There are two types of Kalighat paintings that one can witness, Oriental and Occidental. The Oriental Kalighat paintings such as Rama-Sita, Radha-Krishna, goddess Durga, goddess Laksmi, goddess Annapurna, Hanuman, Shiva and Parvati, among others. Occidental are more contemporary style featuring secular and civil themes like crime, women bathing, the evolving role of men and women in the society since the emphasis on women’s education, the hypocritical lives of the quasi-bourgeois, depictions of the freedom struggle, heroes of the struggle including Rani Lakshmi Bai and Tipu Besides motifs, Kalighat paintings feature the use of basic colors like indigo, blue, black, yellow, red and green due to the predominant use of homemade dyes. Only for ornamentation would artisans use silver and gold.

About The Artist : Uttam Chitrakar is a Kalighat artist from Medinipur . He learnt this art from his mother and father and started painting from the age of 12 and now his wife and he are artists together. He has experimented with many contemporary themes to bring a new narrative in the traditional art of Kalighat and has exhibited at several prominent exhibitions across the country.


  • Size: 28"× 22" inch
  • Price is for unframed painting and painting would be sent without a frame
  • Handpainted in Kalighat Bengal Pattachitra style on paper
  • The image shown here is representative to help visualise the painting in a home setting and not an actual framed image
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• The image shown here is representative to help visualize the painting in a home setting. Price specified is for unframed painting and the painting would be sent without a frame unless specified otherwise in the description.
• All paintings are mostly made to order and take 2-3 weeks
• COD cannot be accepted as a payment option for paintings
• Certificate of Authentication will be provided
• Please write to us at yosha.gupta@memeraki.com for any customisation in size or ping us on the website chat


Uttam Chitrakar


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.