ugadi dina shubhakankshalu
“Chitra” means picture (visual support) and “katha” means story and Chitrakathi is the person who tells the story with the aid of some visual support. The tradition of telling the mythical and historical stories was in existence in Maharashtra/Karnataka border and in parts of Andhra Pradesh.
Broadly speaking, Chitrakatha is identified in three forms, viz., leather shadow puppets, stringed wooden puppets and picture stories. The former two are identified distinctly by their own names while the latter is only, now,
Identified as “CHITRAKATHI’.
In this tradition sequential painted pictures serve as visual illustrations as support for oral lyrics and dialects through which the story is conveyed.
“The name is derived from, chitra, a picture, and katha, a story and the professional occupation of the caste is to travel about exhibiting pictures of heroes and gods and telling stories about them ……..” pp 438-40 – R.V.Russel in “tribes and castes of central provinces of India”.