Sita's Palki in Chitrakathi Painting by Chetan Gangavane

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Size : Medium
Dimensions : H-11 W-29 inches
Medium : Acrylic Colors on Handmade Paper

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Refined artist Chetan Gangavane's Chitrakathi Painting transports into the captivating world of an ancient oral storytelling tradition from the Maharashtra-Karnataka region. "Chitra," meaning painting, and “katha,” signifying a story, combines in this rich art form. Over 50 paintings come together to form a bundle or "pothi," allowing the artist to weave a narrative through vivid visuals. The artistry draws from a vibrant palette, vibrant colors meticulously applied to create intricate patterns and motifs. Each stroke and hue breathes life into the tales, preserving a unique cultural heritage. Gangavane's work revives the spirit of Chitrakathi, connecting to a mesmerizing world of stories and artistry.

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    "Chitrakathi Paintings," originating from Maharashtra and with a history spanning 300 to 400 years, are a captivating fusion of visual storytelling. The name itself, derived from "Chitra" (picture) and "Kathi" or "Katha" (story), perfectly encapsulates the essence of these performances, seamlessly blending the art of storytelling with intricate painting. Preserved by the Thakkar tribal community of Maharashtra, this endangered art form unfolds on individual painted sheets, bundled together as "pothis," each bundle weaving a cohesive narrative. These performances typically grace festive occasions at village temples in the Konkan region of Maharashtra. The oral narratives, deeply rooted in texts like the Ramayana, Mahabharata, and Puranas, are presented in a Keertan-style, accompanied by folk instruments like the dholki and veena. 

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    Sita's Palki in Chitrakathi Painting by Chetan Gangavane
    Chetan Gangavane
    Art Style
    Acrylic Colors
    11 in(H) X 29 in(W)
    Red, Green
    Country of Origin
    Maharashtra, India
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