Visual Arts

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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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Ansh Baid
Anurupa Roy is the founder and managing trustee of the Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust, a puppet theatre group based in Delhi since 1998. She has been working with the artists of Kathputli Colony in New Delhi for the past 25 years and is a major creative force in Indian puppet theatre. Claudia Orenstein…
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Ansh Baid
In India, there are as many kinds of street art forms as there are regions and dialects, and where there is a likeness in form, there is variety in narrative and performative styles. Kathputli Colony in the Shadipur area of Delhi, one of the largest communities of street artists in the world, is an…
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Ruchira Ghose
India boasts the richest handmade textile traditions in the world. In material, as in technique, no other country possesses such incredible range and variety. In its holdings of textile heritage it is unsurpassed, and so too in current knowledge and practice. Numerous textile techniques abound with…
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Vasudevan Akkitham
Artist Gulammohammed Sheikh dons many roles in life—painter, poet, educator, writer, art historian−all of which emerge from and coalesce into his engagement with contemporary socio-political concerns. Born in Surendranagar, Gujarat, Sheikh discovered his passion for poetry and painting while in…
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Ruchira Ghose
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