KALIGHAT PAINTINGS PDF

From at least as early as the s until the s, the images were painted and sold as pilgrimage and tourist souvenirs, not only in the shops and stalls lining the alleys of the Kalighat area but also in other temples in the city. Popular Islamic representations included the prophets and angels and taziyas tomb models; Fig. Contemporary events were depicted in series of drawings and paintings, and literary scenes from contemporary novels, depictions of popular proverbs, and genre scenes were equally popular Fig. Kalighat renditions of traditional Hindu deities also indicate the profound impact of the British colonial capital on the artists Fig.

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Painted mostly on mill-made paper with flowing brushwork and bold dyes often homemade , Kalighat paintings are said to have originated in the vicinity of the iconic Kalighat Kali Temple in Kolkata. At this time, the works were sold to visitors who sought souvenirs to take with them from the religious sanctuary. The art almost always depicted Hindu gods and mythological characters, or incidents, themes, and characters from everyday life. The artworks commented on social evils such as crime, or expressed support for the Indian independence movement through illustrations of the likes of Tipu Sultan or Rani Lakshmibai — both revered for having fought the British.

Kalighat paintings were often a joint effort by a group of artists — usually from the same family. So while some members ground ingredients to create homemade dyes, others drew outlines of the figures, filled in the hues, or added the final touches in the form of motifs and background designs. These were then typically brought to be sold in the city.

This type of painting continues to influence and charm artists and art lovers in contemporary India. The late artist Jamini Roy is among some of the most acclaimed painters who have been influenced by the distinctive style. Today, Kalighat paintings appear in museums and galleries across the globe, from the Victoria Memorial Hall in Kolkata to the Naprstek Museum in Prague.

Select currency. My Plans. Open menu Menu. Asia India Kolkata. Kalighat painting, a school of art founded in the city during the 19th century, is among those rich legacies the country continues to bask in today. Read Next. History 7 Fascinating Indian Folk Tales.

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Kalighat Paintings: A review

Painted mostly on mill-made paper with flowing brushwork and bold dyes often homemade , Kalighat paintings are said to have originated in the vicinity of the iconic Kalighat Kali Temple in Kolkata. At this time, the works were sold to visitors who sought souvenirs to take with them from the religious sanctuary. The art almost always depicted Hindu gods and mythological characters, or incidents, themes, and characters from everyday life. The artworks commented on social evils such as crime, or expressed support for the Indian independence movement through illustrations of the likes of Tipu Sultan or Rani Lakshmibai — both revered for having fought the British. Kalighat paintings were often a joint effort by a group of artists — usually from the same family. So while some members ground ingredients to create homemade dyes, others drew outlines of the figures, filled in the hues, or added the final touches in the form of motifs and background designs. These were then typically brought to be sold in the city.

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A Brief History of Kalighat Paintings in Kolkata, India

Characterised by bright colours and bold outlines, Kalighat painting evolved as a unique genre of Indian painting in 19th-century Kolkata formerly Calcutta , in West Bengal. From the depiction of gods and other mythological characters, these paintings developed over time to reflect a variety of themes. Kalighat 'patuas' painters produced these cheaply made works of art to make a living by selling to a mass market. The collection, which numbers about watercolour drawings and paintings, also includes line drawings and hand-coloured lithographs. The majority of works are similar to standard A3 paper size though the collection also contains smaller, postcard-sized paintings roughly 13 cm x 8 cm. Created and collected over a period of years from the s to the s, the works vary in style, quality of workmanship, colour, composition and subject matter. According to legend, Lord Shiva, the god of dance and destruction, was deep in meditation on Mount Kailasha when he received news of the death of his consort, Sati, an avatar or human manifestation of the goddess Kali.

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Kalighat painting

Kalighat painting or Kalighat Pat originated in the 19th century West Bengal, India , in the vicinity of Kalighat Kali Temple , Kalighat , Calcutta, India , and from being items of souvenir taken by the visitors to the Kali temple, the paintings over a period of time developed as a distinct school of Indian painting. From the depiction of Hindu gods, god , and other mythological characters, the Kalighat paintings developed to reflect a variety of themes.. Ravana and Hanuman , Kalighat school of painting, c. Durga and Mahishasura , c.

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