Although almost extinct within the middle of the last century, its appeal in Bengali art remains intact

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A special sort of painting on a thick cotton is named a pot, which may be rolled up. But later it had been also drawn on paper. most the pots found within the Kalighat area of Calcutta are painted on paper. those that make pots are called patua. within the period of Chandragupta-Chanakya in Bengal, the Patuas wont to go from house to deal with within the town of Pataliputra and show the pot. it's known that pot was also painted during the reign of Harshavardhana. Many think that ‘pot’ may have come from another non-Aryan word rather than the Sanskrit pot. As a result, the history of Patua or Pot is sort of ancient, i.e. it are often assumed that its spread happened within the pre-Aryan period.
There are two sorts of pots. Wrapped and square. The wrapping was up to 15-20 cubits long . Not too wide, of course. it's tons sort of a thin, long mat. This long cloth was wont to draw pictures. As there was a continuity between them, a story might be made by combining several pictures one after the opposite . Patuaras wont to wrap their pots and go from house to deal with hugging. When it had been shown, it had been opened and therefore the song went by with the image . As a result, the story would become clear to the audience. Patuarai wont to write these songs. However, it's not that he always wrote songs by drawing, for this reason, Patua often added something quite the story of the film. the topic of the song was simply turned on with the pot involved.
The square pot on the opposite hand is little , rectangular in shape. There was just one picture in it. Most of those are painted in Birbhum and Kalighat. A notable feature of the square pot is that it's been painted on social issues.
Why was the pot painted? Not only for profit; the rationale was the promotion of faith or moral education. So religious stories, myths - of these were the topic of the pot. However, not only in Bengal, but also when Shilpacharya Nandalal Bose traveled with Rabindranath to China, he found Buddhist paintings like pot. Among them he saw many similarities within the pot of Bengal. From this it's understood that pottery was cover a huge territory, including India, China and Tibet. However, it had been not only within the Buddhist and Hindu communities of India, but also within the Muslim community. it's known that this art was also practiced among the Jains.

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