|Address:||Vill + P.O. - Naya, P.S. - Pingla, Dist. Paschim Medinipur, Pin - 721140, West Bengal, India|
|How to go:||Towards Kharagpur or Medinipur take any local or passenger train (Takes around 2 hours 15 min) from Howrah, get down in Balichak railway station.
From Railway station you can get direct bus for Pingla.
Bus stop: Nayagram
Fair: 10-12 rs
Time: 1 hour almost.
Bus type: Local bus
Come outside from railway station 1 no platform, turn left, step out few yards, you will get direct tracker for Pingla.
Stop: Nayagram petrol pump (Potua Palli)
Fair: 10-12 rs
Time: 40 min almost.
|Pros:||Behaviour and guidance of villagers and local shopkeepers, Road condition...|
|Cons:||Communication while returning to Balichak, lack of hotels for food.|
|What to visit ?||The village itself, Painting on house wall, painting on various stuffs like clothes-furniture-household stuffs, Museum of Bahadur Chitrakar|
|Company:||People who love Bengal art and culture|
|Minimum day/time to visit:||1 full day|
|Expenses:||Approx 100 rs for communication only + depend on the stuffs you are willing to buy|
|More Information:||About Patua (The villagers)
At present there are almost 70 Patua artist family live in Nayagram, Pingla. All of them are using surname "Chitrakar". They decorate their whole life by drawing Patachitra (Unique art and design by using natural color). Traditionally all Men-women-child are holding the same profession for years and that's the only source of income in their life. Most surprising fact, that many people don't know, is all family belongs to Muslim community and they portrait Hindu God and Goddess mythological stories in their art and you got to see the depth of knowledge regarding the myth. Except that they highlight the lifestyle of tribal people and environmental awareness. They prepare natural color by their own to draw Patchitra and for other stuffs like umbrella, clay pot, hand fan, household stuffs and specially wall art they use fabric color. Truly they are the best in their art and every artist has their own way of styling it.
A fact to feel proud that most of the artist is the winner of various competition and go to various foreign countries multiple times in a year for exhibitions and award ceremonies. Poverty does not make them bypass to the wrong root yet they make their life so colorful that they hold the tradition forever.
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There are few sweet shops available nearby Naya bus stand. One of the best is Ashwini Kumar Jana's sweet shop. The old owner will be known for his gentle and sweet behaviour and he is an informer regarding Pingla. He is literally famous for 'Kheerer misti' and 'Alur chop' (it is entirely different than what we generally have and you will get it 3:30 pm onwards). Must try sweets from his shop. I also loved the 'yogurt ' and 'langcha'.
** But in Pingla all artist are marvelous and everyone has their own style of drawing. Do not ignore anyone but try to spend some time with them and buy stuffs because for the whole year they are waiting for that moment when people come and appreciate their work and make this a trademark of Indian culture.