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Swarna Chitrakar

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Swarna Chitrakar inherited the Bengal patachitra scroll painting tradition from her father. When she was young, she would help her father, who was another practicing patachitra artist, doing his paintings. Soon she de...

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Swarna Chitrakar inherited the Bengal patachitra scroll painting tradition from her father. When she was young, she would help her father, who was another practicing patachitra artist, doing his paintings. Soon she developed mastery in this art form - not only in creating beautifully painted scrolls, but also in composing accompanying songs to narrate stories associated with those scrolls.
Swarna’s paintings depict wide array of themes - stories and tales from Hindu mythology, social issues, female infanticide, trafficking of girls, issues on women empowerment. She had even depicted incidents such as Tsunami and 9-11 Twin Towers attack in her patachitra scrolls and paintings and composed songs to go along with those scrolls while doing her storytelling. A Bengal patachitra scroll painting is about singing and narrating stories through the painting.
Swarna is also involved in the Kalighat style of painting, and struggling to keep the artform alive.
Swarna uses traditional natural colors mostly prepared from the extracts of various plants, fruits, trees and seeds to express herself on diverse mediums such as paper, canvas, fabric, clay and ceramic.
Swarna had exhibited her artwork at major international art festivals and events in countries such as United States, Germany, France, Australia, Sweden and United Kingdom. She hails from a village in Medinipur, India, where she conducts painting workshops in her village community to help the young people take up this traditional cultural heritage of patachitra scroll painting as a passion and a profession.
Swarna has two books to her credit - ‘Monkey Photo’ (with Gita Wolf) and ‘The Patua Pinocchio’ (with Carlo Collodi), both published by Tara Books.

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  • About Artist

    Swarna Chitrakar inherited the Bengal patachitra scroll painting tradition from her father. When she was young, she would help her father, who was another practicing patachitra artist, doing his paintings. Soon she developed mastery in this art form - not only in creating beautifully painted scrolls, but also in composing accompanying songs to narrate stories associated with those scrolls.
    Swarna’s paintings depict wide array of themes - stories and tales from Hindu mythology, social issues, female infanticide, trafficking of girls, issues on women empowerment. She had even depicted incidents such as Tsunami and 9-11 Twin Towers attack in her patachitra scrolls and paintings and composed songs to go along with those scrolls while doing her storytelling. A Bengal patachitra scroll painting is about singing and narrating stories through the painting.
    Swarna is also involved in the Kalighat style of painting, and struggling to keep the artform alive.
    Swarna uses traditional natural colors mostly prepared from the extracts of various plants, fruits, trees and seeds to express herself on diverse mediums such as paper, canvas, fabric, clay and ceramic.
    Swarna had exhibited her artwork at major international art festivals and events in countries such as United States, Germany, France, Australia, Sweden and United Kingdom. She hails from a village in Medinipur, India, where she conducts painting workshops in her village community to help the young people take up this traditional cultural heritage of patachitra scroll painting as a passion and a profession.
    Swarna has two books to her credit - ‘Monkey Photo’ (with Gita Wolf) and ‘The Patua Pinocchio’ (with Carlo Collodi), both published by Tara Books.

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