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Snippets of information - Paintings - Patachitra

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Pattachitra is the art of traditional, cloth-based scroll painting that originated in state of Odisha (formerly known as Orissa). The name comes from the word ‘Patta,’ the Sanskrit word for ‘cloth’ and ‘Chitra,’ ‘picture.’

Painting as an art form appeared in Odisha after sculpture; in fact, several centuries after the construction of the great temples of Bhubaneswar, Puri and Konark. Pattachitra aficionados will tell you that all the paintings resemble the old murals of Odisha that are found in and around the religious centres of Puri, Konark, and Bhubaneswar. These murals go back to as early as 5th century BC. The most detailed and skilled Pattachitra work is found in and around Puri, especially in the village of Raghurajpur. This old tradition of Oriya painting still survives in the places like Puri, Raghurajpur, Paralakhemundi, Chikiti and Sonepur. Even today in Odisha, these two crafts are combined in one. The artists are usually Mohapatras or Maharanas.
- Avinash Subramaniam, engrave.in, 17 July 2016