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The "Murshidabad" Pats of Bengal

Title:The "Murshidabad" Pats of Bengal
Author:Blurton, T. Richard
Publication:Marg
Enumeration:Vol. 49-3, p. 42-55
Abstract:The rural Bengali tradition of storytelling using painted scrolls demonstrates a distinctively Indian characteristic of being something of appeal to as wide a community as possible. Dating to the turn of the 18th-19th century, the rich patas from Murshidabad stand out as works of art of verve, excitement, and importance with their brilliant colours, inventive designs, and indulgent narrative details even when the episodes are not all known. Whether it was depictions of the Ramayana, or of the miraculous lives of the pirs, the painters of patas, called patuas or chitrakars, used their scrolls to great effect.

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