Owls in Bengal Pattachitra by Laila Chitrakar

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Dimensions : H: 22 | W: 14 Inches
Medium : Natural Colors on Paper

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In the enchanting realm of Bengal Pattachitra, owls emerge as revered symbols of wisdom, knowledge, and intuition. Crafted with exquisite mastery by the renowned artist Laila Chitrakar, this captivating artwork showcases a cluster of owls coming together in a mesmerizing display of cultural significance. In this intricately painted scene, the rich color palette employed by Chitrakar breathes life into the canvas, enhancing the allure of the artwork. Amidst the vibrant hues, three majestic owls are depicted resting on a tree, their presence imbued with symbolic depth. Owls, in Bengal Pattachitra, are revered as messengers of the divine, embodying protection and guidance. They are seen as guardians of the night, possessing the profound ability to see through darkness and illusions, guiding seekers toward enlightenment and truth. Through Chitrakar's skillful brushwork, the owls exude an aura of quiet wisdom and serene grace, inviting viewers into a world where ancient symbolism intertwines with artistic expression. This captivating depiction serves as a poignant reminder of the timeless wisdom and spiritual significance attributed to these majestic creatures in Bengal's rich cultural tapestry.
Bengal Patachitra stands as a cherished visual and oral tradition, skillfully practiced by the Patuas or Chitrakars of West Bengal. Rooted in cultural richness, the term 'Pata' originates from the Sanskrit word for fabric or cloth, while 'Chitra' signifies painting. These artworks, adorning long scrolls, serve as visual accompaniments to narratives narrated through songs and ballads. Patuas, the master painters, gradually unfurl these scrolls while singing the stories, a practice known as Pater Gaan. Through Bengal Patachitra, tales from diverse realms, including the Ramayana, tribal folklore, and mythological stories, come to life with exquisite illustrations. Traditional artisans employ natural mineral and vegetable colors, sourced locally from fruits and flowers, infusing the artworks with bold hues and intricate strokes. Themes depicted in Bengal Patachitra encompass a wide spectrum, ranging from mythological tales to historical narratives and contemporary social issues. These paintings not only showcase the artistic prowess of the Patuas but also serve as poignant reflections of Bengal's rich cultural heritage and societal ethos.

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Laila Chitrakar, a 32-year-old Bengal Pattachitra artist based in Kolkata, West Bengal, carries on a rich artistic legacy spanning seven to eight generations, having learned the craft from her maternal aunt and elder sister. Her talent has garnered widespread acclaim, earning her first prizes in both district and state-level competitions across Kolkata, Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, and Ahmedabad, where she has showcased her exquisite works at various exhibitions. Among her most cherished creations is "Machli Ki Shaadi," a vibrant portrayal of a fish wedding celebrated with joyous songs, which captivates audiences with its enchanting narrative. Additionally, Laila finds inspiration in depicting scenes from Radha Krishna's love story and the birth legends of tribal communities.

Utilizing a diverse range of mediums including canvas, coasters, cloth, t-shirts, dupattas, wood, and walls, Laila crafts unique and captivating artworks featuring a variety of subjects such as Durga Ma, fish, tribal motifs, and elements of nature. Despite facing challenges due to her lack of formal education, Laila finds solace in the universal language of art, which transcends barriers and allows her to express herself freely. Her dedication to her craft is unwavering, as she tirelessly devotes herself to her art from dawn till dusk, with the dream of one day receiving the prestigious Rashtrapati Puraskar, recognizing her exceptional talent and contribution to the artistic heritage of India.

Bengal Pattachitra

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!  

Product Details

Owls in Bengal Pattachitra by Laila Chitrakar
Laila Chitrakar
Art Style
Bengal Pattachitra
Natural Colors
22 in(H) X 14 in(W)
Yellow, Blue, Orange, Multicoloured
Country of Origin
West Bengal, India

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