What is it about?

This study investigates the background of Paitker painting in Jharkhand, India, and the role of the state in saving it. Paitker painting is more than 500 years old. It is exclusively practised by the Chitrakar community in Amadobi village, a tradition that had been encouraged by the emperors of the Dhalbhum dynasty (1300 ad).

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Why is it important?

Today, Paitker painting is on the verge of vanishing as there are only 45 families left in the Chitrakar community of whom only two are keeping this rare art practice alive. Most have left their community and practice, and migrated to cities to find a more sustainable livelihood.


The main findings of the study reveal that clarity was lacking in the conservation approach and that additional government policy support was needed. The most significant initiatives of the state to date include training and e-retailing through the Jharcraft web-platform. The study found that improving the infrastructure and better promo- tional efforts to improve marketing, nationally and internationally, could improve the sustainability of Paitker painting in an effort to save it.

Gaitri Kumari
Birla Institute of Technology

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This page is a summary of: The role of the state in saving Paitker painting in Jharkhand, Craft Research, March 2021, Intellect,
DOI: 10.1386/crre_00041_1.
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