The Festival of Durga Puja Kalighat Painting by Uttam Chitrakar
Ma Durga is worshipped as a principal aspect of the mother goddess Devi and is one of the most popular and widely revered among Indian divinities. She is associated with protection, strength, motherhood, destruction and wars. Her legend centres around combating evils and demonic forces that threaten peace, prosperity, and Dharma the power of good over evil. Durga is believed to unleash her divine wrath against the wicked for the liberation of the oppressed, and entails destruction to empower creation. In the painting we can see people celebrating Durga Puja, which is a major Hindu festival celebrating the Goddess and the defeat of evil. The painting here showcases the event from the beginning, where the idols of Maa Durga are being made by artists. Then we see the idols being put in “pandals” where they are worshipped by many devotees for the length of 9 days. After the festival is over, we see that the idols are immersed in water, saying goodbye to the goddess.
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: 21"× 12" Inch
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- Handpainted in Kalighat Bengal Pattachitra style on paper
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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.
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• COD cannot be accepted as a payment option for paintings
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