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. Kalighat Paintings is a form of Indian modern art that is inspired by religious and mythological characters as well as civil life. Kalighat paintings, as the name suggests, were created in the Kali Temple area on the ghat (bank) of the Burin Ganga (a canal diverging from the Ganges River) .

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Kalam Patua created the work after the brutal gang-rape of Nirbhaya in Delhi in Silvery and golden colours were also used for ornamentation.

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Gradually, they started to learn from the newer techniques and discovered that these could help them increase their earnings. Retrieved from ” https: Several colours like blue, indigo, red, green, yellow, carbon black etc.

The themes in Kalighat paintings had wide variety. Written by Piali Roy. Part of a series on the Culture of Bengal History People.

APT has driven the Gallery’s focus on the region and enabled the development painings one of the world’s most significant collections of contemporary Asian, Pacific and Australian art. There is a great number of bird and animal studies also.

Kalighat Painting by Kalam Patua (India) — Google Arts & Culture

They are alone together, a sign that the seduction has begun. Then a third member of the family would put in the proper colours in different parts of the body and the background, and last of all the outlines and finish would be done in lamp black. Pets and other animals such as cats, fish, lobsters, prawns, birds etc.

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They set up institutions that imparted a European style of academic training to Indian artists. The human figures are treated in a bold and sincere manner and in their Indianness they are reminiscent of the classical art of India two thousand years old.


Women in Kalighat painting. Squirrel and goat hair was used to make the brush that was used for sketch drawings. By the early 19 th century the Kalighat Temple was a popular destination for local panitings, pilgrims and certain foreign visitors as well.

Amongst the deities, Kali was the favourite which paintongs quite reasonable and apart from that Shiva in the form of Panchanan or sitting along with Parvati on Nandi or carrying Oaintings, Lakshmi herself or in the form of Gajalakshmi or Chandi as Kamalekamini, Durga as Mahishasur mardini, and other gods paintingd goddesses like Kartikeya, Ganesha, Saraswati, Jagadhatri etc all were the popular themes of Kalighat paintings.

Kalam Patua grew up with his uncle and aunt, artisans who made clay idols. The other means to know the origin is to follow the date of acquisition of these paintings by different European collectors and from which it can be concluded that Kalighat paintings have been commenced sometime after the paintihgs of present day Kalighat Temple and probably between first and second quarter of 19 th century.

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The patuas would travel from village to village, paintkngs the scroll a section at a time and singing the stories to their audiences. The Kalighat paintings were the sort of souvenir one could buy after a visit to the temple.

Powder Room 8 Apply Powder Room filter. From these paintings we can get a good glimpse of the religious and social life of Bengal during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

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Kali embodied Shakti — the female active principle of Hindu philosophy. Inthe Tarakeshwar murder case 1,5,10 was a public scandal in Calcutta based on an affair between Elokeshi, the young attractive wife of Nabinchandra Banerji and the mahant or chief priest of the Shiva temple at Tarakeshwar. Kalighat Painting by Kalam Patua India.


Radha Krishna Figure 4: The black ink used for this purpose was made using soot produced by burning an oil lamp under a pot. Kalighat painting is a school of modern art that originated in 19th century Calcutta, India, which was then the capital of British India.

The Oriental Kalighat paintings depict gods, goddesses, mythological characters as well as scenes from religious Hindu texts.

At this time, many Patua artists — itinerant storytellers who travelled from village to village, slowly unrolling and singing from scrolls in exchange for food and other goods — migrated to Kolkata because selling their illustrated Kalighat paintings gave them a more secure income. When German traders found that these pictures had a very great sale throughout the country—for they were sold in thousands all over India—they imitated them and sent back glazed and coloured lithographed copies which flooded the country and drowned the original hand-painted pictures.

They started creating new forms of art and the Kalighat painting was born. Other colours would paintungs be homemade, being prepared by squeezing different vegetables or by grinding the various stones and earth of different colours.

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The male figure has paintjngs blue skin of Krishna, and the delicately painted sky with its stylised clouds also suggest divinity, contrasting with the balding, earthly figure who is trying to seduce the posing beauty. Garage 10 Apply Garage filter.

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