THE SCROLL SINGERS AND PAINTERS OF PATUA
on 3 sheets of paper mounted on cloth, 1 x 66 ins. on 2 bamboo sticks,
.For generations Patua (Chitrakar) communities of West Bengal have been painters and singers of stories depicted in scrolls. Although Muslims they tell the stories and sing of the Muslim Saints as well as Hindu Gods and Goddesses. In the past they wandered from village to village receiving food and coins for their recitals. Over time there has been an erosion of this Art and way of life from other media forms. Recently a group have formed a cooperative to preserve and promote this ancient tradition, and as well as the ancient themes more secular subjects are often chosen for this Art Form.
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