Anwar Chitrakar

Anwar Chitrakar

Master Artist Anwar Chitrakar grew up in Bengal,  learning to paint the long scrolls that tell stories of legends, news and mythology, always accompanied by song : Pattachitras (pictures painted on cloth).  His Elders were almost like wandering minstrels as they went from village to village singing their tales as they rolled out scrolls that were over 15ft long, painted on home made canvas and backed with old saris to keep them strong. Also very popular was the Kalighat style of caricature portraits, once a rage in 19th century British India. He very quickly added his own lens to what he did, and his work has a sophistication and a contemporary take that he has made his hallmark.
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