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THE PAINTER

THE PAINTER – The photograph was taken in a village in the state of West Bengal, India. Patachitra, an ancient folk art of Bengal, is appreciated by art lovers all over the world for its effortless style of drawings, colours, lines and space usage. The world Pata derived from the Sanskrit word Patta 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 clay.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Kharagpore, India
Camera: SM-C111
Copyright: © Deba prasad Roy