Paintings are a unique way of expressing feelings and artists channel theirs through an army of colors, shapes, and ideas. This is exactly what describes the evolution of Kalighat paintings the best. One of the most traditional forms of Indian art, Kalighat painting has always been an ode to Hindu deities.
The folklore of story-telling in traditional Indian art has had a long-drawn history and its continued presence through the years can be attributed to its relationship with arts, paintings, religion, and customs. One such engaging art of storytelling can be traced back to 19th-century rural Bengal and the fascinating process of narrating epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana through pattachitras ‒ village to village, story to story. This tradition of storytelling in rural Bengal eventually led to the birth of an iconic painting style ‒ Kalighat paintings or Kalighat patachitra.