Although Goddess Durga is commonly worshipped in the form of clay idols in Bengal’s greatest festival, a long withstanding century’s old tradition of “Paṭer Durgā” in rural Bengal is still practised across its several districts, particularly in the geo-cultural territory of Rārh Bengal in Birbhum, Bankura, Bardhaman and Paschim Medinipur.
Other than the traditional painting activities that have prevailed in Bengal since ages viz, narrative scroll “Patachitra” by the Patua community who paint and sing songs while depicting them for a living, floor and wall paintings practised by women known as “Alpana”, painting of dolls made with clay and wood, another significant form of painting is that which is practised on round terracotta plates (“Sara Pata”) and single frame paintings known as “Chouko Pata” (Square Pata). With reference from the oldest “Patas” found in Bengal which represented images of Gods and Goddesses, it is implied that “Patachitra” emerged as a substitute to three-dimensional images to fulfil religious/ritualistic needs.
Hatserandi, a quaint village in Birbhum West Bengal, is one such place wherein Durga Puja worshipped by the resident families are undertaken over the years in the form of Painted “Paṭachitra” frameworks instead of the commonly seen clay idols since over two centuries now. The rituals undertaken during this unique form of Bengal’s greatest festival in this village is a magnificent treat to the eyes of the cultural tourist. In this virtual walk, we will take you through the village during the festivities to experience one of Bengal’s unique cultural treasures.
The walk will be conducted via zoom. Participation link will be shared with all those who have registered 24 hours before the tour via email.
The language of this walk is Bangla.
Timing: 11:00 am (India)
Duration: 2 hours including Q & A
Walk Leader: Shoubhik Bandyopadhyay & Dr Tathagata Neogi
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