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The Patua Pinocchio is a fresh and exciting visual interpretation of the well-known story of the puppet who longs to become a boy. Swarna Chitrakar, Patua scroll painter from West Bengal, visualizes the tale in her own idiom–drawing on popular Indian iconography, which depicts children as nothing less than divine. In the process, she effortlessly transforms this children's classic into a universal tale.
Carlo Lorenzini, better known by the pen name Carlo Collodi was an Italian children's writer known for the world-renowned fairy tale novel, The Adventures of Pinocchio. He lives in Florence, Italy. Swarna Chitrakar is an acclaimed patua scroll artist from Eastern India. Her work has been exhibited in galleries of folk art worldwide. Swarna has won several awards and is considered one of the most innovative artists in her tradition. She lives in Eastern India. Carol D. Chiesa lives in Florence.