This painting beautifully depicts Ganesha sitting in a relaxed mood with his Vahana or vehicle - rat looking up adoringly at his master. The rat is seated on Ganesha's lap. Ganesha symbolizes wisdom, strength and fortune. As the remover of obstacles, he is one of the most benevolent gods in Hinduism. The detailing in his figure brings in character and strength to the painting. The colors and intricate work classify the painting as a splendid effort by the artist. 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 by Manu Chitrakar, the Patua Artist from West Bengal.