On A Roll!
Two Scroll Painting Traditions of East India

On A Roll!

Discover MAP Themes
Age: 10+

A unique medium of storytelling—prevalent across the length and breadth of India—is that of the scroll. From the eastern corners of Bengal to the deserts of Rajasthan and the deep south, the scroll has been a constant companion of itinerant bards who travel from village to village, unrolling them in front of eager audiences and narrating the stories they hold.

With this resource, you can learn about the art of the patachitra, both as practiced by the Bengali patuas and their Santhali neighbours in the regions of East India, be inspired to tell your own stories and more. 

This Discover MAP pack includes: 

  • An introductory guide to the patachitra traditions using select works from MAP’s collections
  • MAP Stories with Art – Envision a santhal origin myth and play around at creating your own origin story
  • MAP DIY Guide – Be inspired to create your own pata-styled painting

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