Krishna Lila

This is a part of an entire subgenre of Patachitra, the Krishna Lila narrates the tale of Radha with Krishna’s love. this story is narrated with typical playful humor associated with Lord Krishna, as he tricks Radha into assenting to his advances, overcoming social boundaries and thus fulfilling the love they both share. Song Under […] read more


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Satya Pir Pater Gaan

The Patuas paint tales on long scroll of cloth and sing them as they unfurl the scrolls. This scroll speaks of the great sufi saint Satya pir and his miraculous deeds. This narrative lays stress on the respect given to the saint in both Hinduism and Islam, thus urging communal harmony. Song Where are you […] read more

Santhal Birth

Once upon a time from the saliva of a cow two insects were born. They were the parents of a duck and a drake. Amongst the Santhals Shiva is known as Marangburu. Hence Marangburu Shiva and Durga were the originator of this world. From a strand of Durga’s hair water came to earth. From the […] read more

Durga & Ganga

This Patachitra is a humorous rendition of a dialogue exchange between the goddess Durga and goddess Ganga that ensues when Durga becomes angry that Ganga lives on Shiva’s head. Song Or else you will hear rude words. O when you had married King Shantanu Everyone knows about it O listen dear Ganga You had drowned […] read more

Yampata/ Yampala

Gadura and Hanuman are the two gate keepers/ guards of Jagannatha, Balarama and Subhadra. There was a king named Indradumna who stayed in penance for thousands of years to get the blessings of Lord Brahma. Brahma pleased with his devotion wanted to know his wish. Indradumna was quiet sure that Brahma won’t grant his wish. […] read more

Behula Mansamangal

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. He gets his youngest son Lakhindar to […] read more

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