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- Sequential art has also played, and continues to play, an important role in the folk narrative traditions of India. The Chitrakathis of Paithan are a case in point. Dated to around the 19th-century CE, these paintings from Maharashtra were used as aids for oral narratives. The Chitrakathis were actually a storytelling community. The storytellers held these paintings in their hands and displayed them to their audience while they narrated stories that revolved around the paintings. The themes could be related to religion or mythology, like the Mahabharata.