Krishna's encounters with demons are pictorially narrated with delight. Especially mentionable is his tryst with Kaliya, the serpent, who polluted the waters of river Yamuna. After a fierce dual Krishna tamed him, dancing on his multiple heads, with his tail in one hand. As he was about to slay Kaliya, the latters numerous wives arose out of the river, pleading for his life.
In the centre of the composition is Krishna gleefully dancing on the hood of Kaliya. Around him are the naga-patnis, folding hands or holding offerings to Krishna, begging for Kaliya's release. On either side of the river are Krishna's parents and friends, astounded, yet fearing for his safety.
The artist has painted the narrative, without much aid of colour. He uses pale yellow to break away from monochromatic monotony. The strength of his draughtsmanship contributes largely to the beauty of this pata-chitra.
This Description by Renu Rana.
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