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Patta Chitra

Patta Chitra 

Patta Chitra, Patta Chitra art and craft, Patta Chitra art of Orissa, Patta Chitra Arts & Crafts In Orissa, Orissa Arts
Region : Orissa
Also Called : Patta Paintings

Just 70 km away, on the sea coast lies Puri, a temple and beach town that shares and mirrors some of Bhubaneswar's arts and crafts, even as it nurtures arts and crafts that are uniquely its own. In the famous exquisitely carved Jagannath temple, an annual ritual has given birth to a treasured art form.

Three paintings on specially treated cloth or patas are prepared by the temple painter and hung inside the sacred precincts of the temple. Originating as a ritual, patas developed over the years, as a distinct school of painting executed by the chitrakar (artist) community. Blood red, red ochre, lamp black, yellow, white and indigo blue sometimes offset each other, sometimes blend to form patachitras in the skilled hands of talented chitrakars who follow in the footsteps of their forefathers.

Since olden times, pilgrims to Puri have been carrying home the colorful patas or patachitras as precious mementos- just as they carry back Ganga jal (water from the holy Ganges) form Haridwar. The patas from Puri are sought after by tourists and art lovers both in India and abroad.

Patta Chitra, Patta Chitra art and craft, Patta Chitra art of Orissa, Patta Chitra Arts & Crafts In Orissa, Orissa ArtsThe Patachitras are paintings on cloth. In the absence of paper, cloth gives an extended smooth surface and is easily transported. Patta paintings are so called because they are executed on silken hand woven both. They are painted with bright colours and possess a charm peculiarly their own.

Their pictorial conceptions, their unique painting technique and line formations together with colour schemes make them a remarkably original art form that is distinct from any other school of painting either in or outside India.

 

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