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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.
The outset of the lockdown created his new villain. “Love - even in the Time of Coronavirus” follows the storyline set by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, but the villain who distances our home-grown lovers is no angry father, rather a small, dangerous rogue with a spiky crown. The mood of the painting is apprehensive yet light-hearted.
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.