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Singing Pictures


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The tradition of singing pictures, passed on down the generations, survives largely in the villages of Medinipur and Birbhum and adjoining districts. Since pata chitra is not static but performing pictures, it has an audio visual impact on its audience. And so, even if scroll painting has lost out to the growing influence of cinema and television in urban areas, for the rural population of these interior villages it is still a popular form of entertainment. The content of the paintings or ‘picturisation’ of subjects is akin to cinema.

The Patua Artist

The Patua Artist

Mixing the colours

 

Ravana

Hanuman and Ravana

Hanuman

From Sita's Ramayana