Restaurant/Dining Hall at the India International Centre, New Delhi (2015)
Artist - Kalam Patua
Contrary to popular opinion, Kalighat Patachitras were not just about religion. To cater to a wider audience, they also painted ‘pats’ about current-affairs, day-to-day life events, satires and sometimes, even from imagination.
Kalam Patua is one patua artist who has always fused contemporary awareness with the traditional patachitra style. In this painting Kalam observes New Delhi’s sophisticated elite at an upscale restaurant. Strangely, only the women seem to be eating/ordering food. One seems to be busy on the phone as her date/husband pulls out his phone possibly bored at having to listen to the one-sided conversation. Some men discuss, probably wondering how there could be people who cannot afford a mere 300 rupees a month. Through the window, the Lodhi Gardens stands vigil. Strangely, the air is clean and the trees green.
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