The film draws us into the living art of the Patuas–a nomadic people of the small village of Noya, India. Their art, called "Pat," is produced from natural pigments painted on scrolls, then presented with accompanying musical narratives. The richly-colored "Pats" depict the ancient myths of the Patuas' Indian culture. Neither Muslim nor Hindu, the Patua are more clearly defined through their art, now also sold to tourists. Artistic subjects and styles change through time as the creative process is passed on from one generation to the next.
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Length: 30 min.
Producer: Adirya Kashyap
Producer Web site: http://www.der.org
Distributor: Documentary Educational Resources
Distributor Web site: http://www.der.org
Heard Museum Film Festival, Arizona, 2005
10th RAI International Film Festival of Ethnographic Film, London, 2005