The painting depicts the Santal based story - â€œMaacher Biyeâ€- the fishâ€™s wedding. The story tells that shoals of smaller fishes (in local dialect â€œDarinyaâ€), the guests of the wedding feast, are happily gathered together. They are celebrating the wedding of their fellow fishâ€™s through various activities like singing, dancing, distributing sweets, beating drums etc. The bride and groom are carried in a palanquin. But a giant fish (in local dialect â€œBoyalâ€), gets left out of the marraige party.Â It was not invited because it may gulp all the smaller fishes. The â€˜Boyalâ€™ gets angry and decides to attack and swallow the smaller ones! Hmmm, quite a story to carry with yourself! What say?
This is painted in black and white color. The colors are made with natural mineral and vegetable colors like blackÂ from lamp black or charcoal.Â The paintings are traditionally made from handmade paper, backed with cloth.Â This painting will add beauty to your ethnic corner at your home- in the living room.Â
This is a smaller version of Scroll painting or PattaChitra 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. Like for this painting the story of fish wedding is described through this following song-
â€œDarinya Macher Biye Karate Chalo go Rangila
Katla Mach Bale Ami Palki Laye Jabo Lo Rangila
Punti Mach Bale Ami Madol Bajai Lo Rangilaâ€¦â€
These paintings are traditionally painted with indigenous plants and minerals including turmeric, vermillion, and burnt rice.Â Sap of the bel (wood-apple) fruit is used as mordant. All the colors are made by hand only..
The painting is done byÂ Suman Chitrakar, the Patua Artist from West Bengal.Â