This painting shows Durga - the godess of Strength or Shakti with her childer Lakshmi, Saraswati,Â Ganesha and Kartikeya, dominating the demon Mahishasura below her.Â The paintingÂ symbolizes the victory of the good over the evil. The jewelleries and ornamentation on the body and garments of the figures are created by fine white lines.Â The use of colour is bold and shows a predominance of red, blue, green and yellow.Â The painting is made on cotton canvas.
Scroll painting or PattaChitra is a notable art form, coming from the tribal villages of West Bengal. These scrolls were visual accompaniments to stories told through songs and ballads. The Ramayan, tribal folklore and many other mythological stories have come alive with these beautifully illustrated scrolls. These paintings are traditionally made with natural mineral and vegetable colors. Delightful and eartthy, these paintings reflect the ancient tradition of story telling in India.
The painting is done byÂ Manu Chitrakar, the Patua Artist from West Bengal.Â