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Village of Painters:
Narrative Scrolls From West Bengal


Nagu Chitrakar gluing cloth onto the back of a scrollExhibition
October 29, 2006- April 29, 2007
The patuas» of West Bengal, India, have a long and contested social history in the region. Traditionally, they wandered from village to village singing their own compositions while unrolling painted scrolls on themes divided into three genres: religious songs, social commentary, and personal experience narratives. The exhibit shows a wide range of scrolls and examines how the patuas are keeping their art alive in today's changing world of West Bengal. The exhibition was curated by Dr. Frank J. Korom, and is accompanied by an exhibition catalog».

Teachers! New Painting Lesson Plan in PDF»




Web Sites About West Bengal, India

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Bengal

http://www.wb.nic.in/westbg/west2.asp

http://www.india.gov.in/knowindia/st_westbengal.php



Past Public Programs


Tuesday October 31, 2006
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Performance by Scroll Painters Gurupada Chitrakar and Svarna Chitrakar

patua performanceWednesday November 1
2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Performance by Scroll Painters Gurupada Chitrakar and Svarna Chitrakar

Thursday
November 2, 2006
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Performance by Scroll Painters Gurupada Chitrakar and Svarna Chitrakar

Friday November 3
10 a.m to 11 a.m. and 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Performance by Scroll Painters Gurupada Chitrakar and Svarna Chitrakar

Saturday November 4, 2006
2 to 4 p.m.

Performance by Scroll Painters Gurupada Chitrakar and Svarna Chitrakar


Sunday November 5
2 to 4 p.m.

Performance by Scroll Painters Gurupada Chitrakar and Svarna Chitrakar

Photo, above: Kulasan Chitrakar performing a scroll about social awareness.
Photographers above by Paul J. Smutko.


Sunday December 3, 2006
Hosting the Divine: The Kolam
1:30 Lecture
2:30 Demonstration with hands-on

Explore the Indian ritual tradition of using rice flour to create intricate designs. Lecture with Vijaya Nagarajan, contributing Author in Mud, Mirror and Thread at 1:30 p.m. followed by a demonstration presented by traditional folk artist Pichammal Nagarajan and hands-on in the Atrium. By Museum admission, New Mexico residents with I.D. Admitted FREE on Sundays!
Photograph from
http://www.uoregon.edu/~epederso/Photo/Gallery/Events/Kolam.html


WebSites about Kolam:

http://www.tamilnation.org/culture/kolam.htm

http://www.hindunet.org/rangoli/index.htm


http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/journal/kolam/index.htm

Web Sites About West Bengal, India

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Bengal

http://www.wb.nic.in/westbg/west2.asp

http://www.india.gov.in/knowindia/st_westbengal.php


Sunday, March 4, 2007
10 a.m to 5 p.m.

Special sale of Indian textiles, home accessories and clothing to benefit Indian East Indian embroidery by Shantibai artists traveling to the 2007 Santa Fe International Folk Art Market» on July 14th and 15th. The unique items on sale will give buyers a preview of the Indian folk art at this year's Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. Purchases support travel for the following artists: Shanthibai Kalahalli, Banjara Embroidery (photo, left), weaver and embroiderer Syed Omer from Hyderbad, Abdul Jabbar Khatri, tie-dyer of silk, wool and cotton, Bina Dey, traditional kantha quilter from Calcutta, Gurupada Chitrakar, scroll painter and singer featured in the exhibition Village of Painters: Narrative Scrolls from West Bengal», Yasin Savaijiwala, who has revived traditional block printing. By Museum admission.

Barbara Mintz

Sunday March 4, 2007
1:30 p.m.

Dance of India.
Performance and workshop
with International Dance teacher and performer Barbara Mintz». All ages and skill levels welcome! Presented in conjunction with the exhibitions Variations: Selections from the Diane and Sandy Besser Collection and
Village of Painters: Narrative Scrolls from West Bengal»
.
By Museum admission, New Mexico Residents with I.D. Free on Sundays,
youth 16 & under and foundation members always free!