Thursday, December 8, 2016

Naya Gram in Pingla, West Midnapore - A Colourful Blend of Tradition & Culture...


Patachitra is an ancient artwork of Bengal derived from the Sanskrit word Patta means cloth. The painters are called Patuas. Patuas not only paint, they also sing as they unfurl the painting scroll to show it to the audience. These songs are known as Pater Gaan. The songs are of wide variety ranging from traditional mythological tales and tribal rituals to stories based on modern Indian history and contemporary issues like protecting forests and preventing spread of HIV/AIDS. Patuas generally use natural colors, which is procured from various trees, leaves, flowers and clays.However with the present day efforts to market various products, the painters draw with artificial acrylic colors on t shirts, mugs etc to maintain the quality. The Patachitras have had their representation in the Puranas alike that of the paintings of the Ajanta, Ellora etc.
 
Thanks to a very encouraging effort by an NGO to preserve & promote a dying tradition and culture of our Beloved Bengal, my inquisitive wander lust pushed me hard to drop down to Naya on a Day Trip a few Days Back.The Visit was so inspiring that I promised to visit again only to happily experience the simplistic yet artistic lifestyle of a group of Muslim Villagers whose traditional paintings or "Patachitras" depicting stories from Hindu Mythologies and also contemporary events lately, have crossed national Boundaries.

My Drive to Naya was a smooth One. On Reaching Debra through NH 16, we turned left towards Balichak and from Mundamari Village we took another left turn towards Pingla and then had to ask frequently to the local people about this otherwise very insignificant an unknown village of around 10-15 huts, its worth probably not even well known to many who reside around there, as yet.
 
I must make a mentioning of the hospitable and generous behavior of the artists whom I met there. They were even kind enough to invite for a lunch with them considering that there were no decent eateries in the vicinity. The Warmth with which an Inquisitive Stranger was invited to their homes to showcase their Patachitra art work even sing from a few of them was fascinating. One of them also expressed his concern over the passing on of this tradition to the next generation, a few of whom have resorted to other profession already. The Work of Art that is done by the artists are so exquisite and flawless that by generations it is passed to the descendants and they directly paint with the brush on the paper or the cloth without having to do sketches on prior. 

I have made a very humble effort to capture a few photographs as below to proudly showcase this tradition of my region. 















Madhu & Hazra Chitrakar, Naya, Pingla, West Midnapore, West Bengal




Ranjit Chitrakar,Naya, Pingla



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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Varanasi at the Crossroads... Traditional as Ever...


I had Journeyed to India's Ancient Most City, Varanasi During Navaratri-Durgotsav in October 2015. The Experiences I had through my Lenses are as Under. Some Photography Experts whom I showed these Pictures termed them to be very ordinary and useless. I hence Publish these Photographs here in my Blog with the keenness of receiving feedback from the general Photograph Lovers...























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Saturday, September 19, 2015

পূজোর গন্ধে স্নাত কুমোরটুলির দিনলিপি... চিত্রগ্রহণ শৌভিক বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়‏ ... Kumortuli Engrossed in the Fragrance of Durgotsav... Photography by Shoubhik Bandyopadhyay

                                    The Mother in Making...
                                   The Glocal effect...
                                     The Final Touch...
                                                Semi Existence of the Good and the Evil...
                                 God Makes Man or Man Makes God?




                                The Decorations in the making...
                                                Power Nap...

                                God, the Supreme Power watching Mankind from Above...

                                                 Daily Life at Kumortuli
                                The Demon Mahishasura Cooling Off....


Kumortuli is a shabby looking locality in North Kolkata which serves as the workshop as well as living space for the artisans who prepare Idols for worship of the several Hindu Gods and Goddesses throughout the year. This place becomes the busiest ahead of Durgotsav, which is the greatest of all festivals of the region.

A Day Out in this locality prior to the advancing Durgotsav gave me the excitement each ardent Bengali would have, within, as the Festival draws near. These poor creative artisans have been deprived of basic civic amenities since ages which they rightfully deserve. The infrastructure is poor and age old, however a midst all that, the strive for livelihood exists as usual.

Gratefully appreciate your comments on the Photography above.

Thanks,
Shoubhik Bandyopadhyay