A scroll painting is divided into vertical compartments of varying sizes and each block comprises of a distinct episode of the story being narrated. Though the popularity of this unique art has suffered major setbacks, it is one of those few handicrafts of West Bengal that are still surviving the ravages of time. Many-a-times, the painting is done on paper, instead of a thick cloth. Even the themes of paintings have changed in recent times. New themes have been incorporated in the Pat Chitra, to cater to the changing taste of their clientele.
Contemporary Patidars depict natural disasters, like storms and floods, and commentary on social matters in their paintings. Having practiced this art for hundreds of years, generation after generation, they have made sure to bring changes in it, according to the changing taste of customers, to make the art survive for a long time. While in West Bengal, you must visit the scroll painting exhibition and galleries to understand the beauty of this art. An art very similar to Pat Chitra of West Bengal can be seen in China and Japan as well.