“Kalighat patas” are a class of paintings on paper produced by ‘patuas’ in the neighbourhood of the famous Kali Temple at Kalighat , in Calcutta in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The art activities of these ‘patuas’ developed into an industry to meet the popular demand of pilgrims and foreign visitors. Popular themes included Hindu deities, satirical portrayals of Englishmen and ‘babus’, historical events, incidents of daily life, etc.
In recent times, one artist belonging to a family of patuas, Bhaskar Chitrakar of Kalighat, is reviving this style. This painting, done in powder pigments on hand-made paper, is from his “Babu” series – here, a typical high-class Babu is sitting on the kitchen floor cutting fish that he has just bought.
|Dimensions||18 x 12 x 1 in|