My wooden chest was made using leftover plyboards. It was one of my first ‘recycle’ projects. Though the final output was quite flawed in terms of proportions, the chest has been invaluable in our household. We have a rule at home, ‘If you can’t something, then it is definitely inside the chest!’
This useful piece of furniture has now become centrepiece at home. It has moved from its place in the corner to the middle of our drawing room. All thanks to Laltu Chitrakar who decorated the chest with his beautiful art- Pattachitra from West Bengal.
Unlike it’s Orissa counterpart, the one in West Bengal is characterised by big motifs, distinct characters and cover a wider range of themes. A marriage of two fishes is an interesting theme that is depicted in these paintings.
Each painting is conceptualized as a song. So the painting’s story is sung by the painters. Radha Chitrakar is one of the last in her community to follow this trend. Her daughter and her son (Laltu) have learnt this art from their mother, but are unable to conceptualise the songs behind them.
Another reason to visit West Bengal, the land of the Sundarbans