Patua: Master Artisans

by Arpita Sk The Colonial Impact…  A few centuries of colonisation, exploitation and dehumanization, left India bleeding and broken.  One of those broken pieces is the traditional arts and crafts sector that bears India’s heritage, culture, and oral history. Post Independence lack of focus and bureaucratic will has left many forms languishing and artisans unsupported. …

Patua and Kalighat from Pingla West Bengal

By Arpita Sk The Story… Long time ago, before the prominent rule of Lakshman Sena in West Bengal, there lived a big, grotesque, mighty fearful monster that terrorized and consumed human beings at nightfall. The fight against the monster was an equal match and in fretful fear of this monstrous creature who was slowly devouring…