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Summary: Patachitra is an ancient and indigenous art form practiced in parts of Bengal and Orissa. In this art form, artists carry long painted scrolls, which depicts a story, door to door and sing the song associated with the story in the scroll.
They compose these songs, paint the scrolls and sing - all by themselves.
Traditionally, these stories were mythological, but now there is a recent trend of them being about
social issues and current affairs.
In this video the Patachitra artists are Mr. Probir Chitrakar and his wife Mrs. Laila Chitrakar.
They come from Pilna village in Medinipur district in West Bengal.
The first song is about the WTC attack in New York and Bin Laden.
He has songs about Ramayana, Radha-Krishna's stories, Manasa-Mangal, Tribal lore, and also about Tsunami, Nandigram issue, the Delhi rape incident, the WTC attack etc.