Kalighat Paintings refer to the class of paintings and drawings on hand-made or more usually on machine-made paper produced by a group of artists called. 8 Aug Kalighat Paintings is a form of Indian modern art that is inspired by religious and mythological characters as well as civil life. Bengali scroll paintings and approximately Kalighat paintings and hand- of 80 Kalighat paintings from the V&A collections, toured Indian venues in.

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But the Kalighat artists did not restrict themselves to religious themes. The black ink used for piantings purpose was made using soot produced by burning an oil lamp under a pot.

Kalighat painting

They would generally mix these colours with water and gum and mould them on a round stone with a granite muller. Inthe Tarakeshwar murder case 1,5,10 was a public scandal in Calcutta based on an affair between Elokeshi, the young attractive wife kalighzt Nabinchandra Banerji and the mahant or chief priest of the Shiva temple at Tarakeshwar.

Kalighat artists used colloidal tin 1 extensively as a substitute of silver kwlighat embellish their paintings and to replicate the surface effects of jewels and pearls. They started creating new forms of art and the Kalighat painting was born. From the pantheon of Hindu Gods and Goddess to the religious and contemporary social events —nothing left behind as the theme of Kalighat paintings.

For example yellow was produced from the turmeric root, blue was made from petals of Aparajita flower, and black was produced from common shoot by burning an oil lamp under a pot.

Silvery and golden colours were also used for ornamentation. The Kalighat patuas showed an interest in portraying domestic pets which might be an influence of Mughal as well as contemporary British artists. Only for ornamentation would artisans use silver and gold. Partha Sanyal is a Textile Engineer.

Simultaneously, Calcutta was slowly undergoing changes in its education system under the British rule and had begun to recognize fine art as a mainstream field of study.


Soon after that a number of skilled artists moved to Kolkata from the rural Bengal especially from 24 Paraganas and Midnapore and set up stalls outside the Temple. This is surely a matter of great appreciation and a consortium is needed whose paintjngs effort will revive the glorious past of Bengal.

Music and performing arts. In this sense, Kalighat paintings were way ahead of their times and influenced a lot of critical thinking in those that appreciated this art form.

W G Archer finally concluded that the final phase of Kalighat paintings ceased to exist after about The themes in Kalighat paintings had wide variety. During s, Shyamakanta Banerjee became famous 1 for wrestling with tigers while performing in paintiings.

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This trend continued up to the early part of the twentieth century and these paintings ended up in museums and private collections. There are other museums in different parts of the world which also hold some of the Kalighat Paintings in their collection. Although it is obvious that there paintinfs have first been a sketch and an outline and eventually the filling of the motif, it is interesting to learn about the unconventional tools used to make these paintings. Even contemporary pqintings like crime were the subject of many paintings.

Kalighat paintings were produced with variety of water based, opaque colours on papers. Cinema of Bangladesh Cinema of West Bengal. However, the visitors to Kalighat did not want to buy long scrolls which would take a lot of time to paint. This page was last edited on 26 Septemberat In order to increase the customer base for their art form, the patuas moved to the urban center of Calcutta.

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Kalighat Paintings- Modern Art Inspired by Life in Kolkatta

Kalighat ArtKalighat Paintings. Several colours like blue, indigo, red, green, yellow, carbon black etc. The patuas ,alighat travel from village to village, unrolling the scroll a section at a time and singing the stories to their audiences.

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Besides his profession, he is having interest to explore traditional arts and heritages of Bengal.

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In Bengal, Victoria Memorial Hall has a collection of paintiings Kalighat paintings 5 kaligghat, the Indian Museum has in its collection 40 paintings and four drawings of Kalighat style 4 while the Gurusaday Museum holds more than 70 drawings and paintings. Indian designers have been inspired by this genre kalighqt art to create some of the most unusual motifs to have ever been spotted on a saree.

The earliest form of art in Bengal was done on cloth or patas and even paper scrolls depicting scenes from Hindu religious epics like the Rama Charita Manas. West Bengal portal Category. It is one of the most well-recognized forms of Indian modern art that has been witnessed globally. The theme of these paintings were mostly mythological characters that later evolved to civil life in Calcutta along with other secular and contemporary themes.

Gaudiya Nritya Rabindra Nritya Natya. The dry colors would be mixed with either gum or water to create paint fit to be used on paintigns and textile. The Bodleian Library in Oxford holds Kalighat paintings. The other vibrant colors used for filling the painting were essentially homemade in the form of either vegetable dyes or powdered stone fragments of different colors.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kalighat painting. An important achievement of the Kalighat artistes was that they made simple paintings and drawings, which could easily be reproduced by lithography.