An intricate tapestry of music and visual art is what makes ‘Naya’ more than just a village in West Bengal’s Paschim Midnapore district. A quaint little village, Naya is home to around 250 patuas or chitrakaars, a unique community of folk artistes who are painters, lyricists, singers and performers all rolled into one.
Patachitra, an ancient folk art of Bengal , is appreciated for its effortless style of drawings, colours, lines and space usage. The world Pata means cloth. The painters are called Patuas. Patuas do not just paint, they also sing as they unfurl the painting scroll to show it to the audience. These songs are known as Pater Gaan. The songs are of wide variety ranging from traditional mythological tales and tribal rituals to stories based on modern Indian history and contemporary issues like protecting forests and preventing spread of HIV/AIDS. Patuas generally use natural colours, which they procure from various trees, leaves, flowers and clays.
Here we have a Patua, with a Patachitra she has painted depicting how Corona has affected the lives of people, how the doctors and health workers are taking best care of the people in this time of crisis. As she unfurls the painting she sings a beautiful song that resonates with the painting.
- Divers News Artistes
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