Krishna Leela

 Artist: Gurupada Chitrakar

Size - 60"h x 22"w

Water based color on Paper

 

About the Art

Painted 'jarano patas' (scrolls) of rural Bengal are one of the few genuine narrative pictorial folk traditions which is linked with performance has survived down to the present century. This mythological scroll painted by Gurupada Chitrakar recounts the love between Lord Krishna and Radha Rani which is depicted in a number of horizontal panels. The second frame in this scroll shows Krishna mischievously stealing clothes of the young gopis along with Radha while they are having a bath in the river. He only returns their clothes after a lot of pleading and request.The narrative goes to show Radha and Krishna alone together where Krishna confesses his love to her  followed by Radha getting bitten by a snake while Krishna is watching. She pleads with Krishna to help her to ease the pain.
He agrees only after she professes her love for him too.This episode was witnessed by two other woman Ghutila and Mutila who call on Radha's family to witness it. On arriving they see Krishna as Goddess Kali and Radha praying to him. They thus realize and observe the divine love between Radha and Krishna.

 

About the Artist

Gurupada Chitrakar hails from Noya, Midnapore, in West Bengal. At the age of eight he gave up his studies and began patua painting and singing in the nearby villages to earn a living for himself and his family. He took further training in this art form from Dushashaan Chitrakar a elderly reputed patua painter from his village. He has taken part in numerous workshops, and exhibitions in the different metropolitan cities of India.
In 1987 he participated in the Bangla Festival for Crafts Council of West Bengal in the US for the first time. In 2004 in Spain and later in Italy under a Government of West Bengal sponsorship.
He has been featured in the exhibit "Village of Painters: Narrative Scrolls from West Bengal" at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the accompanying catalog by Frank Korom in 2006.
His works are showcased at the British Museum, London. He was awarded the Presidential Award by President Kalam for his contribution to this art form.

 


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