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French Revolution

This pata song narrated the tale of the French Revolution, bringing world history within reach of those without formal education. Story The King of France, Louis the 14th Was punished for torturing his ubjects. The queen was very self indulgent How the King acted upon her wishes, listen to that story. The king says, ” […] read more

Sabitri Satyaban

Story The Patuas paint tales on long scroll of cloth and sing them as they unfurl the scrolls. This story is a fragment from the epic poem Mahabharata. In this pata, the sage Markanda tells Judhisthir about the story of his ancestors Satyaban and Sabitri. Song Judhisthir says, listen o great sage markanda, Tell me […] read more

Song on Rabindra Nath

Rabindranath Tagore was poet, musician, and painter. Author of Gitanjali, he became in 1913 the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. This Patachitra vividly describes the life and achievements of Rabindranath Tagore. As a humanist, Universalist, internationalist, and ardent anti-nationalist, he denounced the British Raj and advocated independence from colonial rule. As […] read more

Naramedha Jogya Pater Gaan

The story narrates a tale from the epic poem Ramayana. The sage Vashishtha says Rama about the story of his ancestors Nahusha and Yajati. read more

Sita Haran

This story of Patachitra is a fragment of the epic poem Ramayana. A very well known story, narrates the kidnapping of Sita, Lord Ram’s wife. Ram Chandra had to leave his house with Sita and Lakshman to keep his father’s promise. They stayed in the forest. Rama killed the magic deer (Mayamriga). Ravana kidnapped Sita. […] read more

Macher Biye

The Patachitra tells about the wedding of the fish. All the fish have been invited to the marriage of the Dariya fish. In between the merry-making and feasting, the fish don’t realise that danger is looming large. the Boal fish, known as a monster fish, pops up and swallows everybody. why? Ostensibly because he was […] read more

Krishna Rash Lila

The Patuas paint tales on long scroll of cloth and sing them as they unfurl the scrolls. This is a part of an entire subgenre of Patachitra, the Krishna Lila narrates the tale of Radha and Krishna’s love. This story is narrated with the typical playful humor associated with Lord Krishna, as he tricks Radha […] read more

Samprodayik Sampriti

This Patachitra narrates the story of religious harmony and humanity through a story of two siblings. The brothers chose different religions. In today‚Äôs world religion is being used for dividing people through politics instead of bringing people together. People from different religions have different names for God but philosophy of all these religions is humanity. […] read more

Manasha Mangal

This Patachitra is the story of Chand Sadagar and Manasa, significant for its portrayal of Behula who epitomises the best in Indian womanhood. It begins with conflict of the merchant Chand Sadagar with Manasa, the goddess of snakes and ends with him becoming an ardent devotee of Manasa. ChandSadagar is a worshipper of Shiva, but […] read more

Kali Yug Pater Gaan

The Patuas paint tales on a long scroll of cloth and sing them as they unfurl the scrolls. This Patachitra, depicting the way of the modern world, is a dark and cynically humorous narrative that speaks of the social problems a village household may face in the twentieth century and the reasons behind it. read more