Memsahib (Madam): handpainted in Kalighat style by Manoranjan Chitrakar

Rs. 6,000.00
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"Memsahib" means a woman of high social status.

The painting shows a woman (Memsahib) adorned with jewels and ornaments in a decorative setting getting ready with the help of her partner.

The background remains plain yet subtle to maintain the focus on the two figures.

The speciality of this artform are the steep faces, elongated eyes of the figure, use of bold  colours and flowing brushwork.

Kalighat Pata -The Patuas who migrated to Kolkata in the 18th and 19th centuries observed a society in the throes of colonial rule. The artists began to portray the rising ‘Babu culture’ among Anglophiles in the form of ‘Babu Pata’ and the cruelty and callousness of colonisers in the form of ‘Sahib Pata

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. The physical evidence of a scroll, however, only makes an appearance in the 18th century CE. 

Manoranjan aka Manu Chitrakar, has been painting for 30 years since the age of 15. He loves to depict social issues in his works. Manuji has travelled all across India and to Sweden and Paris as well.v In West Bengal, the word chitrakar refers to patachitra painters. We have taken Chitrakar as our last name for hundreds of years.”


  • Size: 14"×22" inches
  • 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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  • This painting will be made to order and will take 3-4 weeks
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