This painting beautifully depicts the marriage of LordÂ Ganesha with a banana tree bride - the 'Kalabou'. In the Bengal the story goes that, when Ganesha was supposed to marry, one day when he came home, he saw his mother Durga eating with all her ten hands. Shocked, he asked why is she doing it. Durga replied that if, after Ganesha marries, his wife would not give Durga any food, so Durga is eating to her heart's content with all ten hands. Feeling very sad, Ganesha decided that he would marry a banana tree or Kalabou so that her mother never has any worries about food, as theÂ mute and uncomplaining banana tree cannot stop her from eating.Â During the Durga Puja, Ganesha is worshipped along with a banana tree (kala bou) as his consort.Â
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 byÂ Manu Chitrakar, the Patua Artist from West Bengal.