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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
A Village is a Busy Place!
by V. Geetha
Age Range: 6-8
A Village is a Busy Place! introduces the Patua style of scroll painting depicting the everyday life of the Santhal people in West Bengal, who are amongst India’s largest indigenous communities. Fold by fold, the scroll opens out into a wonderful panorama of a village teeming with life.
There are six main spreads starting with a ‘Village Feast’ where culinary preparations are being made for a wedding. The next sequence shows ‘A Day in the Village’ – a hive of activity with the fisherman pulling his net and the woodcutter on his way to the forest to chop. Then we learn about the ‘Common Space’, a large area where friends meet and share food while ‘Evening’ depicts the villagers collecting water and taking the animals for a bath in the pond before nightfall, ‘Work’ sees villagers planting rice or going hunting while others travel to a nearby town for work and finally ‘Summer Time’ is when everyone stays indoors because it is too hot or when they travel to a faraway place.
Patua artist Rohima Chitraker has created a vibrant activity book that is ideal for introducing young children to different cultures. The busy, colourful artwork brings alive a day in the life of the Santhal community. Within the text there are careful pointers and questions for the reader to discover and answer. The unusual design combining elements of scroll, puzzle and a painting lends itself to multiple uses: it is ideal for use as an art activity book, for use in art classes and can even be hung on the wall (1.5 metres).