Purulia is a small district to the west of West Bengal in India that is basically
dominated by tribal and so-called lower classes. The people draw paintings on
the walls known as “alpanas” during the festive season of Kali Puja. These paintings are generally done by the women of the villages, who keep themselves actively engaged in the fields during cultivation. The colours are generally drawn from Nature. The most common motifs are trees, plants, creepers and flowers. The motifs often take an abstract form. Birds are another important motif, and cows and fish also often appear. Another dominant strain which heightens the beauty of the walls is the use of geometrical figures. The aesthetic beauty of the light and dark shades cannot be fully described.
|Keywords:||Paintings on Walls, Alpanas, Colours Drawn from Nature, Motifs from Nature|
Assistant Professor, Ramananda Centenary College, Purulia, West Bengal, India
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