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Patua is a unique community although many of them are Muslim as their traditional occupation is to draw and model Hindu idols. Their name Patua is a variation of the Bengali word Pota, meaning engraver.

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Process of Patua painting

Originally, Patua painted on cloth and told a variety of religious stories, including the story of medieval Mangal poetry. Today, they use these pictures, to tell the truth, and give their views on political and social issues such as improved literacy and many more. They usually paint pictures of spiritual religions and symbols preferred by popular societies.

Patua Painting of West Bengal

"You know the origins of patua can be traced back to medieval Hindu society, which adhered to the nature of the concept and developed a caste system based on professional hierarchies. It is mentioned in the Brihad Dharma Purana story that the nine sons of Vishwakarma were married to women of lower caste. Locals believe that the youngest of the nine songs is a patta artist. Most importantly, these nine sons, also called Navasayaks, had to do manual labor, and the other eight sons improved their fortunes, both professionally and in other means and socially. But chitrakar could not do this, and he alone bears the birthmark."

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