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 Pats: Bengali Scroll Paintings


Name of Patua: Ajit Chitrakar
Religion: Muslim
Acquisition Date: 5 January 1993
Age: 58
Provenance: Mednipore District
From the collection of Vinay Lal and Anju Relan, with acknowledgment to Gautam Ghosh


Subject of Pat: AIDS


Panel 1: "Aids is a bite of a tiger; once it gets you, it won't let go; you'll die."

Center Circle: West Indies people, among whose women the disease originated

  Panel 2: The United States: The sexes mix a great deal in America, and there is much divorce and remarriage; consequently, AIDS is more prevalent there.  
  Panel 3: AIDS has arrived in India. Brothel scene; we must stop prostitution; 3 prostitutes and a John.  

Panel 4: Government researchers and officials must come up with a cure, similar to something like the malaria pill, to distribute among the people to deal with AIDS.

The woman lying down is sick but not dead; on the far right is a 'sadhu' or traditional healer, on the far left is the government doctor, and at the middle is the woman's man.

  Panel 5: We must all -- not only the police (in blue) -- prevent women from becoming prostitutes. A tree is shown because trees provide oxygen and with more trees and more oxygen various diseases can be cured or eradicated.  
  Panel 6: Prostitutes say: We will do other sorts of work from now on.  
  Panel 7: You must only marry one woman, not two.  
  Panel 8: If you do, then your home and samsara will be auspicious and good.  
  Panel 9: We need to have meetings and movements, involving both commoners and rich people, to deal with, and eradicate, AIDS.  


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