A marriage of two fish and the very happy gathering of groups of fish going for this marriage is an interesting theme that is depicted in this painting. The bride and groom are carried in a palanquin. This painting also portrays a giant fish gets left out of the marriage party. Angry fish decides to attack and eat up the fishes ! Hmmm, quite a story to carry with yourself! What say? In Bengal, fish is considered to be very auspicious. Vibrant colours — yellow, indigo, bottle green, khaki, crimson and dark brown of the painting— create a dazzling effect. The paintings are traditionally made from handmade paper, backed with cloth. This painting will add beauty and brightness to your ethnic corner at your home- in the living room.
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 traditionallypainted with indigenous plants and minerals including turmeric, vermillion, and burnt rice. Sap of the bel (wood-apple) fruit is used as mordant.
Delightful and eartthy, these paintings reflect the ancient tradition of story telling in India.
Artist : Suman Chitrakar, the Patua Artist from West Bengal.