"I grew up with an uncomplicated lifestyle in a small, close-knit village where we all help each other. We are simple people, which is why our patachitra paintings reflect this."
"I'm Mamoni Chitrakar from West Bengal. My last name, Chitrakar means artist, and it derives from a 13th century tradition. I have been interested in art from a very young age and I am blessed to have come this far as an artist. My mother, who is also an artist, has been my biggest inspiration and I learned to paint from her. I have been painting since I was nine years old and I feel I've achieved many successes.
"I grew up with an uncomplicated lifestyle in a small, close-knit village where we all help each other. We are simple people, and our patachitra paintings reflect this.
"Patachitra basically depicts village life and the gods and goddesses. The paintings usually use natural colors and dyes on paper and fabrics. Traditional patachitra is done on paper where the back is pasted with tamarind and glue to give it a hard base. Apart from using paper and canvas, I also paint on clothing and this has been very well appreciated.
"My work has taken me to Italy and made my dreams come true. I give thanks to my mother for all her support and I really hope to be like her when I am older. She has always inspired me. I used to accompany her to her workshop and that's how I was inspired."