Paintings of Purulia

By Apurba Saha.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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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

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 10, pp.215-234. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 5.210MB).

Prof. Apurba Saha

Assistant Professor, Ramananda Centenary College, Purulia, West Bengal, India

At present, I am working as an assistant professor in English at Ramananda Centenary College, affiliated with Burdwan University. I recieved my M.Phil in Linguistics and Phonetics from the English and Foreign Languages University in Hyderabad, India, and my Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching of English from the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages in Hyderabad, India. At present I am doing my Ph.D research on Sri Aurobindo from the Sri Aurobindo Centre for Advanced Research in Pondicherry, India. My basic areas of interests are linguistics, phonetics, folk culture, and folk studies.


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