Scroll painter Shombhu Acharya is the only successor of a rich family tradition that has been nurturing and practicing the traditional scroll painting form called Gazir Pat for over 400 years. He represents the ninth generation of the tradition.
The old folklore tells the story of Gazi Pir, a mythical warrior saint who battled demons, confronted the god of death, and worked miracles like restoring dead trees to full bloom, and getting dried-up cows to milk again. These and more such fantastic and colourful fables and legends have been immortalised through pat gaans and patchitra.
Patachitra is one of the earliest forms of popular art in Bangladesh. Dating from the 12th century, and existing even today these pats or scroll paintings narrated stories based on religious or moral themes for the entertainment of the village folks.
The ninth generation artist of the Acharya family, creators of ‘patashilpa’- a form of traditional folk painting on fabrics, says he has suffered too many failures in life to have regrets
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being immersed in my work
What is your greatest fear?
That I may have wronged or harmed someone