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Pattachitra Art

Updated: Jul 17, 2020

Pattachitra or Patachitra is a general term for traditional, cloth-based scroll painting, based in the eastern Indian states of Odisha and West Bengal.

In Sanskrit, Pattachitra literally means cloth painting; ‘pata’ (cloth), and ‘chitra’ (painting). This form of artwork was first conceptualized in Orissa and dates back to the 5th century. the first forms of Patachitra art originated in the village of ‘Puri, where this artwork is still quite popular. The subject matter of Pattachitra is mostly mythology, religious stories, and folklore. The themes are chiefly on Lord Jagannath and Radha-Krishna, the different “Vesas” of Shri Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Subhadra temple activities, the ten incarnations of Vishnu, stories of the ‘Gita Govinda’ of Jayadev, Kama Kujara, Navagunjara, Ramayana, and Mahabharata.

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