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Have No Fear, Babu Is Here!

By Bhaskar Chitrakar

Original Artwork

  • 11 X 15 In | 28 X 38 Cm
  • Natural colours on paper
  • Folk
  • Created in 2020
  • Sold by Gallery, Shipped Rolled unless rolling not possible
  • Lot No 298449
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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 the ...
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. When Calcutta became the capital of the British Empire, Kalighat paintings too became socio-political and scathingly satirical, especially of the English-speaking Bengali ‘babu’. Alas, the arrival of the printing-press rang the death knoll of this art form for almost a century. 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 curfew, when the artist speaks of usurpation as a smug coronavirus occupies the Babu’s chair. The Babu is on the warpath now, armed with mask and broom he is ready to blast the villain into oblivion.

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