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Kalighat is a popular painting style that developed in the 19th century in the vicinity of Kali temple in Kolkata. Painters who came to be known as “patuas” did these watercolour paintings or “pats”. According to Ajit Ghose, " The drawing is made with one long sweep of the brush in which not the faintest suspicion of even a momentary indecision, not the slightest tremor, can be detected. Often the line takes in the whole figure in such a way that it defies you to say where the artist's brush first touched the paper or where it finished its work. In the 1930s the art of Kalighat paintings disappeared.

Artist Kalam Patua not only revived this form of paintings but he has also reinvented the style. His work can be seen at Delhi's National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) and London's V&A museum.

 


 

 

 

 

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