Laltu Chitrakar

Laltu Chitrakar

Pattachitra artist from Medinipur in Bengal, Laltu is the new generation of a family that continues the tradition of Patua art that used to create the long scrolls that they sang out as they traveled through villages. They no longer wander, and have adapted the scrolls to modern living where they can be done to size and colour; the accompanying song comes naturally. They have always painted narratives - from mythology, village life and events around the world, and they continue to do that as more and more  of their art takes on the issues of life : the environment, politics, calamities. Works are done on paper that is backed with old saris, and they have pioneered the neutral coloured paintings that are stunning and contemporary.