About The Artist
Dukhushyam Chitrakar is a living legend of Pattachitra Art of Bengal. An octogenarian, he is a mystic, poet, singer and painter from Naya in West Midnapur. For 25 years he lived in Santhal. He shows Santhali culture, language and art in his scrolls. He has painted on the British Raj and India’s struggle for independence. He is a social activist and was jailed in 1975-77 at the time of National Emergency. In 1970, he started a school to teach Patachitra art and songs to village women and the tradition continues. His works have been showcased in India, Italy, France, Australia, Bangladesh and are in the collections of Victoria Memorial, Kolkata and Victoria & Albert Museum, London.