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Sharmistha Chaudhuri
Patuas, the itinerant performers of the folk art of patachitra, went from village to village with illustrated pats (scrolls) made of handmade paper; their performance involved reading out their hand-drawn religious narratives interspersed with songs to a patient rural audience.[1] The first mention…
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Sharmistha Chaudhuri
Rural Bengal has had an intimate relationship with the art of storytelling. Travelling folk painters would go from village to village to regale locals with narrative stories on handmade cloth scrolls known as patachitra. The first mention of such a group appears in Brahma Vaivarta Purana, a…
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Sharmistha Chaudhuri
The origin of Kalighat paintings is well known, but one cannot pinpoint an exact date or year in which the tradition began near the Kali temple in south Calcutta.  In the mid-eighteenth century, skilled patuas (rural folk painters) migrated to the urban centre for a better life, setting up shops…
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Archana Sharma
This interview focusses on the origin of Manjusha (locally known as Angika), its history and practice. Following is an edited transcript of the interview conducted on September 21, 2018 at Roy’s residence in Patna.  Archana Sharma (AS): Can you tell us about the story depicted in Manjusha art and…
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Archana Sharma
Manjusha in Sanskrit means ‘box’. The word is used for the ceremonial temple-shaped bamboo, jute straw and paper boxes used by devotees to store items for Bishahari Puja. The Manjusha boxes signify the box that is said to have covered the body of Bala Lakhendra in the folklore of Bihula-Bishahari.…
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Archana Sharma
Angika or Manjusha, as it is commonly known, is a story-based art form of Ang Pradesh, present-day Eastern Bihar. Today this art form is practised mostly in the Bhagalpur district of Bihar, and in other regions of the state as well. Manjusha art is associated with a festival known as Bishahari Puja…
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  Jigisha Bhattacharya: Today we willl be speaking about the artist Abani Sen to his son Prabir Sen, with regard to his life and his work. Would you like to say something, at a primary level, about the work of Abani Sen, when considered as an entire oeuvre?   Prabir Sen: To cover this, one would…
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Arundhati Dasgupta
  Abani Sen (1905-1972) belonged to that generation of artists who were shaking out of the cultural nationalism advocated by the Bengal School of Art, and became the harbingers of a new modern, seen in the post-Independence works of their successors. Though Sen represents an oeuvre that does not…
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मुश्ताक खान
छत्तीसगढ़ का बस्तर क्षेत्र अपनी कला विरासत के लिए प्रसिद्ध है। यहां आदिवासी एवं गैर आदिवासी संस्कृति का मिलाजुला अध्भुत आंचलिक स्वरूप देखने को मिलता है। संस्कृति के इस आंचलिक स्वरूप के दर्शन यहाँ की आदिवासी-लोक कलाओं में स्पष्ट परिलक्षित होते हैं। यहाँ की कला परम्परा में आदिवासी तथा लोक तत्व इतने…
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