“Kalighat patas” are a class of paintings on paper produced by ‘patuas’ in the neighbourhood of the famous Kali Temple in Calcutta in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Popular themes included Hindu deities, satirical portrayals of Englishmen and ‘babus’, historical events and incidents of daily life.
In recent times, one artist belonging to a family of patuas, young Bhaskar Chitrakar of Kalighat, is reviving this style. This painting, done in powder pigments on hand-made paper, is a humorous-satirical look at the Bengali babu’s obsession with food and clothing. An impeccable-clad Babu returns from the market in a hand-pulled rickshaw, holding his ‘catch’ for the day, four live chickens for an afternoon feast.
|Dimensions||18 x 12 x 1 in|