Traditional Pata Painter
Shambhu Acharya was born in 1954. His father was patua Shudir Chandra Acharya and mother was Kamola Bala Acharya who herself was an Alpona painter. His family has been practicing patachitra or scroll painting, for more then 450 years or nine generation. The themes of their paintings include of Gazir pata, Sree Krishna, Muharram, Ramayana,Mahabharata,Manusha Mangal, Rass leela and also various other themes from the local folk culture.
Shambhu has the responsibility of carrying forward the family tradition of patachitra, His works have been exhibited at the Spitz Gallery London and are being collected by art lovers both overseas and in Bangladesh.
"Shambhu Acharya with his son "
"Patua Shudir Chandra Acharya and Komola Bala Acharya "
Shambhu Acharya was born in 1954. His father was patua Shudir Chandra Acharya and mother was Kalpana Bala Acharya who herself was an Alpona painter. His family has been practicing 'patachitra or scroll painting', for more then 450 years or nine generation. The themes of their paintings include of Gazir pata, Sree Krisna, Muharram, Ramayan,Mahabharata,Manusha Mangal, Rass leela and also various other themes from the local folk culture. Shambhu has the responsibility of carrying forward the family tradition of 'patachitra', His works have been exhibited at the Spitz Gallery London and are being collected by art lovers both overseas and in Bangladesh. Shambhu Acharya lives in kalindipara, Ritabi Bazer, Mirkadim, pouroshova Munshigang, Bangladesh with his wife , three daughters and a son.
A brief introduction:
Patachitra or scroll painting is an age-old form of popular art, which has been practiced in what is now Bangladesh since the 12th century. Pata painting depicted scenes from religion stories and cultural myths and themes from life in rural Bangladesh. Rular bards and story-tellers would use these scroll which had pictures depicting various events and themes of the stories they would tell. The earliest patuas (as the artists of scroll paintings are called) usually took the themes for their paintings from the Mahabharata, Ramayana, various legends, myths and religious stories and later expanded the range by including many popular and secular stories of the land. One of the most popular themes of the patachitra was the Gazi`s pat depicting the courageous deeds and conquests of Ismail Gazi, a Muslim general who served the Sultan Barbak in the 15th century. Patachitra, like many other popular folk arts of Bangal such as pottery, the weaving of the Muslin and jamdani, and jatra, was practiced in families though generation after generation. The skills and the commitment to the art form were handed down from fathers to their sons.
Shambhu used only local matarials for his paintings. For the canves, he uses `markin` cloth applying age-old techniques. The cloth is fast layered with mud or cow dung and dried. It is then layered again with a paste made from tamarind seeds and powder of brick and chalk. Thus, surfaces of the patachitre canvas which is called doli are prepared. This canves lasts for ages . For making his colour, he uses black ink made from the smoke of flames, zinc oxide , vermillion, egg yolk, the sticks juice of wood apples, sabu dana and various kinds of earth colour such as gopi mati, tilok mati, dheu mati, ela mali, and neel ( blue).
" Tamarind seeds"
" Powder of brick and chalk"
"leaves of Chalta "
"Various brushes "
The near-extinct form of art was being carried out for generation by the Acharya family. Now that family has only one artist, Shambhu Acharya. But Shambhu would argue.
His three doughtier and son have learnt the art of Pata Painting,since childhood.
Shambhu Acharya has received many awards and recognition.Here few of those...
A few years ago, Professor Dr. Enamul Haque suggested to Shambhu Acharya that the saga of Bangladesh could be very well portrayed through this medium. The result is the creation by Shambhu Acharya of twenty scrolls beginning with the Battle of Plassey to Mujib`s assassination in 1975. The accompanying narrative of Sahi Shaheed Mujibnama has been written in the form of folk song by Professor Dr. Enamul Haque.
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