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Citrakathā, Paintings, and Popular Prints
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Visitors to India today may happen upon a moustached musician in a turban who is singing and playing a one-stringed fiddle in the lobby of their luxury hotel. If they visit the Crafts Museum in Delhi or the Dilli Haat market, they may see an artist in the outdoor demonstration area, painting a long paper scroll. Most will not realize that they are coming into contact with the vestiges of a series of ancient and diverse performance traditions of India, those of illustrated storytelling. The forme…

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Inglis, Stephen, “Citrakathā, Paintings, and Popular Prints”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 29 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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