|Snippets of information - Paintings - Patachitra|
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.’
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