The village of painters

If food satisfies our hunger then these art forms will quench our thirst with flamboyant colours. It is a place where award-winning artists, jet-set around the world with their soulful paintings. Naya is filled with Patachitrakars- folk artists, who have preserved the long-lost quintessential folk-art with their zeal. Frame by frame depicts stories of extravagant images that sing out the tale and never let the hope mitigates out. If Shantiniketan gives you Shanti, then Naya will shower you with traditional old art from an indigenous culture. Their mud walls encompass art forms in decorative and primarily utilitarian form rather than creating a purely aesthetic form. It is certainly a visual treat which you will relish and cherish.

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Flashes of bright colours on every mud-wall screams creativity. If one wall is painted in luminescent yellow, then some other wall will make you go awe with their vivid red painting of tongue in 2D painting. Crocodiles swallowing their pray coloured in bright green paint or sunny sunflower grazing you will make you feel nostalgic. It’s almost like being in a giant palette of colours. Patachitra had been popular among tribes like Hos, Munda, Kherias. The word ‘Patta’ literally means ‘cloth’ and ‘Chitra’ means ‘Picture’ and the painters are called Patuas. The best part is the people of this village have been artists for generations. Every child of Naya knows how to whip a brush and create magic. Many of the potuas don’t sing anymore but do paint only. The colours used by the villagers are mostly natural paints that are prepared in advance in coconut shells and stored in plastic jars for years round use. They use a fruit which resembles a bit like pomegranate from inside but has many thorns on its exterior. They crash down the seeds and grind the red powder which comes out and it is deep enough to stay on the skin quite a long.

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Walking through this village, you are bound to feel enamoured of Patachitra and infatuated with the village.

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