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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, m…