Kalighat Paintings refer to the class of paintings and drawings on hand-made or more usually on machine-made paper produced by a group of artists called. Kalighat Paintings is a form of Indian modern art that is inspired by religious and mythological characters as well as civil life. Kalighat paintings, as the name suggests, were created in the Kali Temple area on the ghat (bank) of the Burin Ganga (a canal diverging from the Ganges River) .

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Skip to main content. The brushwork on these paintings are deemed by experts as deft, seamless, flowing and one of the smoothest art forms in India. Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

In this way, it is said, to paintings could be completed in one hour.

Initially these artists were concentrated around the temple at Kalighat where there was a demand for religious art. Several colours like blue, indigo, red, green, yellow, carbon black etc.

The Board of Governors is responsible for all philanthropic activities. It was thus obvious that the prime focus were given on religious and mythological characters. The collection, which numbers about watercolour drawings and paintings, also includes line drawings and hand coloured lithographs.

The theme of these paintings were mostly mythological characters that later evolved to civil life in Calcutta along with other secular and contemporary themes. Leave this field blank. Most of the Kalighat painting collections at museums in different parts of the world can be attributed during this period 5.


Girl playing a Sitar. One of the most famous art historians in India, Jyotindra Jain believes that there was no separate community of artists and artisans that were invested in the creation of the Kalighat paintings. What is interesting about the Kalighat paintings is that an entire family would be involved in the creation of the piece. Nineteenth century Kalighat drawing. Each member of the family had a particular task in the creation process, based on sex and age.

Connect with vibrant ROM communities and access our extensive collections and curatorial expertise. Kalam Patua has worked in the Indian postal system for most of his adult life, mainly in remote West Bengal branches, only pursuing his passion for painting at night.

Kalighat Painting by Kalam Patua (India)

The other vibrant colors used for filling the painting were ka,ighat homemade in the form of either vegetable dyes or powdered stone fragments of different colors. However, the paintings have attained its pinnacle in between and Amongst the deities, Kali was the favourite which was quite reasonable and apart from that Shiva in the form of Panchanan or sitting along with Parvati on Nandi or carrying Sati, Lakshmi herself or in the form of Gajalakshmi or Chandi as Kamalekamini, Durga paimtings Mahishasur mardini, and other gods and goddesses like Kartikeya, Ganesha, Saraswati, Jagadhatri etc all were the popular themes of Kalighat paintings.

But the Kalighhat artists did not restrict themselves to religious themes. Nurture discovery and inspire wonder in your students through the power of authentic art, culture, and nature objects!

These paintings were done on cloth or patas. Part of a series on the.


There is a great number of bird and animal studies also. The folk art of Kalighat did not keep itself divorced from life. A Bengali Baboo with his lover, a common social satire on the habits of nineteenth century Bengali middle-class urban gentlemen.

And so was in the case of these painters of Kalighat, thanks to whose artistic endeavours we have before us some phases of the pulsating life of the last century, with the ideals depicted in the form of its gods and goddesses and its criticism of life, all done in the remarkably sure and true hand of a popular art of the best kind, the roots of which go back a thousand years or more.

Kalighat Painting by Kalam Patua (India) — Google Arts & Culture

Inthe Tarakeshwar murder case 1,5,10 was a public scandal in Calcutta based on an affair between Elokeshi, the young attractive wife of Nabinchandra Banerji and the mahant or chief priest of the Shiva temple at Tarakeshwar. Soon after that a number of skilled artists moved to Kolkata from the rural Bengal especially from 24 Paraganas and Midnapore and set up stalls outside the Temple.

Decorating the walls was a very old tradition in India, whether in temples, palaces or even the humble houses of the poor. Kalam Patua grew up with his uncle and aunt, artisans who made clay idols.