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Kalighat Paintings

Kalighat painting derives its name from its place of origin Kalighat, in Kolkata. It developed during the nineteenth century in response to the sudden prosperity brought to Calcutta by the East India Company trade. But, Kalighat painting started getting its deserved attention and appreciation only in the twentieth century.
It is characterized by generously curving figures of both men and women and an earthy satirical style. The most interesting aspect of Kalighat painting is perhaps its strong social themes and consciousness. Kalighat painting was the first of its kind in the Indian subcontinent that expressed underlying sentiment and addressed customers directly. Like most other Indian art forms, Kalighat paintings too started on with a religious note.
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