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1 Enakshi Ganguly = ""...a pattachitra painting made by a Patua artist. The Patua are a mostly Muslim artisan community in West Bengal; it is said that every Patua has a Muslim and Hindu name.The owl as a mount is East Indian iconography; Lakshmi, who is Vishnu’s energy herself, and the deity of fortune, is depicted usually as sitting on a lotus (1940s depiction), or shown with elephants at her sides. In East Indian iconography, the barn owl signifies patient striving to observe, see and discover knowledge particularly when surrounded by darkness. Barn owls are called ‘Lakshmi Pecha’ (Lakshmi’s owl) in Bengali."Source:"
2 Enakshi Ganguly = ""The Patuas are an artisan community found in the state of West Bengal in India. Some Patuas are Hindus, while others are Muslims. Hindu Patuas are active in the Kalighat and Kumartuli regions of Calcutta, along with some other parts of West Bengal, where they are reduced in number. It is believed that most Patuas are actually converts from Hinduism to Islam. Today, they practice customs that are both Hindu and Islamic in nature. They may have also been Buddhist at various points in time. Today, however, the majority of them are impoverished Muslims who rely on patronage from mainly Hindus, but also increasingly from tourists who buy their painted scrolls, as Frank J. Korom has described and analyses in his book Village of Painters: Narrative Scrolls from West Bengal (2006. Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press)."Source:"