TRIDEVI - BENGAL PATTACHITRA
The feminine power series In Bengal Pattachitra Style
This set of Bengal Patachitra paintings, inspired by Indian Mythological of three forms of Devi Durga - the mother-goddess -- Shakti -- the power that runs the universe . This is a set of 3 Bengal Pattachitra paintings focusing on the feminine power series - Durga- (in A3 size), Ganesh Janani -Parvati (in A4 size) and Akal Bodhan (in A4 size) - Bengal Pattachitra.
The painting is inspired by the mythological story of Durga - defeating Mahishasura - the buffalo demon. The battle marks the victory of good over evil, with the ten-armed warrior-goddess riding a majestic lion vanquishing the vicious buffalo demon. It is all about symbolism and it calls on us mortals to have faith in god to dispel all our troubles, and all misfortune the way she destroyed the evil demon. Finally at the end of the battle Devi Durga forgave Mahishasura . In this painting Mahishasur is offering prayers before the Goddess Durga.
The painting, which bears the inscription ‘Ganesh Janani’ (Mother of Ganesha), depicts the goddess Parvatī as she cradles her son, the elephant-headed god.
The other painting is based on the theme of Akaal Bodhan which is another name for the worship of Goddess Durga in the month of Ashwin. Akaal Bodhan literally means ‘untimed worship’. Here the worship is carried out in an unusual time, which is different from the customary time for worship, namely Basant (Spring). As per Ramayana, during the battle between Rama and Ravana, Rama sought the blessings of Goddess Durga for his victory. He performed puja to the goddess during the uncustomary time of autumn and hence the puja was known as Akaal Bodhan.
Scroll painting or PattaChitra is a notable art form, coming from the tribal villages of West Bengal. These scrolls were visual accompaniments to stories told through songs and ballads. The Ramayan, tribal folklore and many other mythological stories have come alive with these beautifully illustrated scrolls. These paintings are traditionally made with natural mineral and vegetable colors. Delightful and eartthy, these paintings reflect the ancient tradition of story telling in India.
The painting is done by Suman Chitrakar, the Patua Artist from West Bengal.