Sita With Her Dassi: Chitrakathi Painting by Chetan Gangavane

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

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Brilliant artist Chetan Gangavane's Chitrakathi Painting, "Sita with Her Dassi," offers a captivating glimpse into the mesmerizing world of Chitrakathi, an ancient storytelling tradition deeply rooted in the Maharashtra-Karnataka region. The name itself reflects its essence, where 'chitra' (painting) and 'katha' (story) blend seamlessly. These intricate works of art serve as a narrative tool, with more than 50 paintings intricately bound into a pothi, a storybook of sorts, used by the artist to vividly recount tales. In this piece, the rich color palette and intricate motifs bring the story of Sita and her loyal companion to life, bridging the gap between art and folklore. The vivid hues, detailed patterns, and a touch of history make Chitrakathi a mesmerizing art form that connects to the cultural tapestry of the past.

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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 With Her Dassi: Chitrakathi Painting by Chetan Gangavane
    Chetan Gangavane
    Art Style
    Acrylic Colors
    11 in(H) X 29 in(W)
    Red, Blue, Green, Yellow
    Country of Origin
    Maharashtra, India

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