With reference to the Patua painting tradition of India, consider the following statements:
1. This tradition is found in the Patua community of West Bengal
2. Most of the Patua painters are Muslims
3. This tradition involves the community members roaming from village to village singing stories in return for money or food
Which among the above is / are correct statements?

Answer: [C] Only 1 & 3

The Patua is a community found in West Bengal. Some Patuas are Hindus, while others are Muslims and Buddhists. The paintings tradition of Patuas was started as a village tradition as painters of scrolls or pats telling the popular mangal stories of the gods and goddesses.

The Patua painters or scroll painters  have gone from village to village with their scrolls or pat singing stories in return for money or food. These pats or scrolls are made of sheets of paper of equal or different sizes which are sown together and painted with ordinary poster paints.

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