Gods and Demons - Heritage Crafts from West Bengal

Biswa Bangla is organising an exhibition and live demonstration at Nehru Centre in London from the 3rd till the 6th of May, 2016. We will present exhibitions, live demonstrations and workshops on the making and history of the Masks of Bengal and the storytelling form of Patachitra.

Mukhosh

The Masks of Bengal also known as Mukhosh had an immense religious and historical significance although its origin is lost in time. Over time it gained popularity and is presently used as a prop in Bengali culture, especially in certain dance forms. The Masks of Bengal, acclaimed worldwide for its craftsmanship are created with various kinds of materials such as bamboo, wood, clay, paper and metal. 

mahiraban_sitaram
terracotta
kushmundi_mask

Patachitra

The art of storytelling has been intrinsic to the culture of Bengal since days of yore and this has manifested itself in diverse art forms, Patachitra being one of them. ‘Pats’ were scrolls on which mythological or epic stories were painted in a sequence. Originally they travelled from one village to another, singing their stories whilst unravelling and painting the scrolls, illustrated with a luminous play of colours.The singing painters were known as ‘Patuas’ and were known to bring the stories to life in another visual dimension.

patachitra_1
patachitra_2

Details

Venue - Nehru Centre, London.
Timings - 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM (BST)
RSVP - Neishaa Gharat at neishaa@gharat.co.uk