POT Maya, held in the village Naya in Pingla, which is part of the Paschim Medinipur district of West Bengal, is a festival that showcases the works of Patuas or scroll painters. The village is home to more than 250 Patuas who specialise in the traditional folk form of visual storytelling called Patachitra, the Bengal style of which was accredited with a Geographical Indication tag in 2018.
Started in 2010, POT Maya is an annual three-day art extravaganza during which the entire village transforms into a living museum and the entrance of every house turns into an exhibition space. Here, visitors can view works; buy them directly from their creators; participate in workshops where they can try their hand at making natural colours and painting their own story; and take in traditional folk performances.
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How To Get There
How to Reach Pingla
How to Reach Kolkata
1. By Air: The Kolkata international airport, better known as the Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, is located at Dumdum. It connects Kolkata with all the major cities of the country as well as the world.
2. By Rail: The Howrah and Sealdah railway stations are the two major railheads situated in the city. Both these stations are well connected to all the important cities in the country.
3. By Road: The West Bengal state buses and various private buses travel to and from different parts of the country at a reasonable cost. Some places near Kolkata are Sunderbans (112 km), Puri (495 km), Konark (571 km) and Darjeeling (624km).
Naya is 130 km from Kolkata by road. Reach Debra along NH6, turn left for Balichak. From Balichak, head towards Mundomari crossing, take a left to reach Naya, Pingla. The nearest railway station is Balichak. From Balichak, take a bus or car to Naya, Pingla.
- Wheelchair access
- Masks mandatory
1. The weather in Pingla is pleasant and dry in February. Carry cottons and linens.
2. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations.
3. Comfortable footwear such as sneakers and sandals.
4. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.
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