Patachitra is an age-old tradition in Eastern India. The word Pata comes from the Sanskrit word Patta, meaning “a piece of cloth” and Chitra refers to “painting”.Patachitra is known for its bold colours, lines and strokes. In Patachitra, stories are painted as frames on long scrolls and the Chitrakars (family surname), who paint Patas, gradually unfurl them while presenting the story through their songs. The songs are known as Pater Gaan which are passed down orally to next generations. It can be said that Patachitra is a unique folk tradition of visual storytelling accompanied by songs performed by the Patuas.
In this project, a total of 238 Patachitra artists from Purba Medinipur have been covered.