Noted painter and former principal of College of Arts and Crafts Shyam Sharma on Monday said that the Patna school of paintings popularly known as Patna Kalam, which dominated the world of paintings for more than 200 years from mid-18th century to mid-20th century, vanished completely due to the popularity of photography and establishment of lithographic press in Patna.
Speaking as the chief guest at a function organized at Patna Science College as a part of Bihar Divas celebrations here, he pointed out that even though this school of painting was restricted to only a few families of painters settled in different localities of Patna City, their creations can be seen on display at all the museums and art galleries throughout the world. Paintings done on ivory and mica plates had a great demand in the European market.
In the 17th and 18th centuries, Patna happened to be the largest trade centre in the eastern region hence, along with other commodities, paintings too were exported from Patna to different parts of the world, Sharma said. Muslim women were also actively engaged in the art of calligraphy which were patronized by the then Nawabs and British rulers, he said. The European school of painting did have some influence on the Patna school of painting which largely depicted the contemporary political, social and economic scenario. But, this famous school of painting ended with the work of Ishwari Prasad Verma, the last painter, he regretted.
Patna Science College principal Kashi Nath, in his presidential remarks, observed that science students must take keen interest in various forms of art for the balanced development of their personality. He also called upon the students to work hard for restoring the past glory of the state. Patna University Cultural Activities Board secretary Atul Aditya Pandey welcomed the guests and geology teacher Anil Kumar proposed the vote of thanks.
Arvind Mahila College: Inaugurating the Bihar Foundation Day fortnight-long celebrations at Shree Arvind Mahila College here on Monday, college principal Asha Singh said that we should strive hard to regain the lost glory of our state by creating an atmosphere conducive to all-round growth. She announced that a number of programmes would be organized in the college during the fortnight.
Others who spoke on the occasion included Madhu Verma, Usha Singh, Pratibha Sahay, Shiv Narain Singh, Sadhna Thakur and Snigdha Prasad.
Source: The Times of India