Naya village in Pingla is home to 255 Patachitra painters or 'Patuas'. Patuas paint stories in a series of frames on long scrolls of cloth using natural colours and sing the stories as they unfurl the scrolls. Nowadays they also make a range of diverse products like apparels, stationery items and home décor using Patachitra motifs. Patachitra has received the Geographical Indication (GI) tag.
Government of West Bengal's Department of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises & Textiles, in association with UNESCO, has developed the Rural Craft Hub in Pingla. The village has a Folk Art Centre built by WBKVIB where one can learn about different kinds of scrolls, the stories and marvel at the wide range of diversified products like t-shirts, hand fans, lamps, bags, umbrellas etc. You can attend workshops on Patachitra painting, where you can also learn to make natural colours out of raw materials like leaves and flowers.
The 11th edition of the annual POT Maya festival will be celebrated on November 20 - 22, 2020. If you are visiting Naya, you may also visit the nearby mat weavers hub at Sabang.
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.
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 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.
Patuas of Naya will celebrate the 10th edition of their festival ‘POT Maya’ from November 20 - 22, 2020. The festival is a unique opportunity of witnessing an entire village transform into an art gallery.