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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Patachitra- Paintings that narrate stories- Pride of Orissa

It has been more than 2 months , I haven't written any post. Missed all the posts written by my blogger friends. Life was hectic for few days, till now its the same, but could not stay away from blogosphere for long. I had many plans - like writing about sarees of India, different arts ad crafts of world, different kind of jewels etc. But could not. Thought  let me start with this post.
Its always been my wish to visit craftsmen of different places and have a close look of their works, how the arts and crafts have become their life etc.I consider myself lucky that I had got chance to visit some of the craftsmen and see their works. Hope I will get some more chances to view the works of the craftsmen at their places. Still crafts lovers like me get such chances when we visit some craft fest or exhibition. Recently I got such opportunity when I visited a craft fest. I could see many crafts from exhibitors from all over India, will share about all in my posts. In this post sharing about Patachithra painting - a traditional painting from Orissa.
Patachitra derives from two Sanskrit words- Pata means canvas and Chitra means painting. Though most of the paintings are made depending on stories of Mahabharatha and Ramayana, the popular ones are of paintings of Lord Jagannath, like the below one.
 Below one is depicting story of Ramayana,

The middle of the painting is crowning ceremony of Shri Rama ( Hindu God). And the surrounding the centre picture there is series of pictures depicting stories of Ramayana. The painting has a border. The borders are of two types , geometrical or floral.
There is a special process for making the canvas and to paint. There are different motifs which are used in the paintings. Also I want o boast about the Patachithra I own, but all in the next post.

Until then, 
Love , laugh and live the life to the fullest,
-Ranjana

5 comments:

  1. Beautiful post . Love patachitra paintings myself and so it was really great to see some lovely designs in your post. And you have captured the most unique and intricate paintings. Never seen one depicting Ramayana . Thanks for sharing these beauties !

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  2. Its interesting to know the story behind these paintings. Thanks.

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