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Patashilpa is one of the ancient folk art traditions of Bengal and dates back to over five thousand years. The Patashilpa style is reminiscent of Mohenjodaro and Harappa and also the Ajanta caves. Patashilpa is a painting drawn on a piece of cloth known as ‘Pati’ or ‘Patta’. The brush used is made of bamboo stick and goat hair. Colours are obtained from natural herbs & plants. The Patuas of West Bengal are traditional artists who specialize in painting narrative scrolls. They also sing the songs to accompany their unrolling. In the past, the scroll painters would wander from village to village, seeking patronage by singing their own compositions while unravelling painted scrolls on sacred and secular themes. Today, scrolls by the young painters venture even further into current affairs, history and subjects outside tradition..