"Kalighat patachitras” are a class of paintings and drawings on paper produced by artists called ‘patuas’ in the neighbourhood of the famous Kali Temple at Kalighat in Calcutta in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
In recent times, Bhaskar Chitrakar of Kalighat, is reviving this style. Inspired by his grandfather, he has decided to create paintings in the same tradition, using the techniques and materials of old, but giving the subject matter a contemporary twist.
This quirky piece is an ode to the much-maligned crow..ugly, loud and common. Bhaskar has placed a multitude of crows around a park bench, almost in a dance formation. To add to the imagery, he has placed roses in their beaks!