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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.
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.
This is one of the last of his 'Covid series' where he decides that enough is enough! Our Kalighat artist pulls out the ‘big guns’. Coronavirus might have won the battle, but Maa Kali will help us win the war! “:Kali Kills Kovid” is the simple belief of a simple artist that in the end, our primordial Mother Goddess will vanquish the villain forever.
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.