The art of kaligat painting has
been a tradition in Kalam Patua's family for centuries. The paintings were
initially scroll paintings created on a paper made with layers of cloth,
cotton wool and flour, which were pressed together and rolled out. These
paintings were called paat and the artists producing them
were called patua.
Kaligat, which is now part of Calcutta, is a famous pilgrimage site dedicated to the
goddess Kali, and the area around the Kali temple was, and still is, home to this
community of painters. During the nineteenth century, these painters developed a
style of watercolour paintings for pilgrims, depicting religious as well as political
and social themes.
Since 1980, Mr Patua has worked independently and has had exhibitions of his
paintings all over India.
Date Created: June 15, 2001 | Last Updated: August 19, 2009