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The Kalighat patachitra was born of a collective mind. Parented by the folk-art tradition of rural Bengal, it soon developed an identity of its own due to the popularity of th...
The Kalighat patachitra was born of a collective mind. Parented by the folk-art tradition of rural Bengal, it soon developed an identity of its own due to the popularity of the Kali temple and its throngs of pilgrims demanding souvenirs. These small single sheet works with their sweeping, paint- laden brushstrokes, simplified figures and happy disregard for perspective became the collectors’ obsession.
Today, we have just a handful of Kalighat artists with Bhaskar Chitrakar being the last one in the area around the Kali Temple. Inspired by his grandfather, he began replicating old works, giving them a contemporary twist.
“Have no fear, Babu is here” was created further into the lockdown, when the artist speaks of usurpation. A smug coronavirus occupies the Babu’s chair. The Babu is on the warpath now, armed with mask and broom he is ready to inject the villain with a counteragent that will blast it to oblivion.
This is an original work, done in traditional medium on archival paper. The artist is a much-sought after patua with collectors all over the world.