Pingla

Pingla

Pingla

Pingla is situated in Paschim Medinipur district. Patachitra and Pater Gaan are unique cultural traditions of Bengal. There are 250 Patachitra painters or 'Patuas' living in Naya village in Pingla. The Patuas paint stories in a series of frames on long scrolls of cloth with natural colours. They also make apparels, stationery items & home décor products with Patachitra motifs.

Department of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises & Textiles, Government of West Bengal, in partnership with UNESCO has developed Rural Craft Hub in Pingla. The village has its own Folk Art Centre in their Resource Centre constructed by West Bangal Khadi & Village industries Board. There is facility for guests and visitors to stay in the Resource Centre.

Plan a day visit to Naya, Pingla. Take a village tour to see the beautifully painted walls, the colour trail. Participate in workshops to learn how to make natural colours and paints. Visit the Folk Art Centre to know the different kind of scrolls, their stories as well as the wide range of diversified products made by the artists like t-shirts, hand fans, lamps, bags, umbrellas etc. Visit the mat weavers at Sabang.

How to reach?

Pingla is 3.5 hours drive from Kolkata. Nearest railway station is at Balichak from where Pingla is half an hour's drive. Frequent local trains are available from Howrah to Balichak.

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Where to stay

Where to stay?

One can enjoy stay at the Community Resource Centre which offers 2 bedrooms (non AC) with well furnished lodging facilities along with basic amenities available for the guests. One can also stay at guest houses in Pingla, hotels in Balichak or at artist's houses at Pingla.

Resources

The craftspersons of Pingla are organised in a cluster called Chitrataru. The society has a two storied building with common work facilities, office room and meeting room in the ground floor and two furnished rooms in the first floor where guests can stay during their visit. Visit the Folk Art Centre to learn about colour making and different themes of Patachitra and see wide range of diversified products made by the artists like t-shirts, hand fans, lamps, bags, umbrellas, decorative items etc.

The legend of the Patachitra

The village is home to around 250 Patuas, a unique tribe of folk artists who are painters, lyricists, singers and performers-all in one. Artisans known as the Chitrakars (picture makers) specialize in creation of painted narrative scrolls called “Pata”. Their diverse repertoire includes mythological stories, tribal folk lore, social messages and narrations on contemporary events. Patuas paint stories in a series of frames on long scrolls of cloth with natural colours. The patuas believe that their own artistry dates back to the time of the ancient civilisation when men used to draw on caves. The multitude of colours finds expressions in their annual festival POT Maya. It is an endeavor to showcase this rich oral tradition of a community, skilled in translating their ideas through colorful images and soulful tunes.

Special Attraction

The Patachitra artists will celebrate the 8th edition of their village festival ‘POT Maya’ on November 10 to 12, 2017. This festival creates a unique opportunity to witness the entire village transform into an art gallery.