by Akshay Bariki
Handmade Pata paper
This Patachitra Orissa painting is on Handmade Pata paper is painted in handmade colors. Patachitra paintings are painted in profile. Goddess Saraswati is the deity of knowledge and often accompanied by the graceful swan. Patachitra paintings of Orissa are also called as ‘Picture cloths.’ The Traditional Patachitra artists are called ‘Chitrakars.’. Patachitra paintings evolved with the worship of the 12th century temple of Puri, Lord Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra.
In true folk style, Patachitras are being painted on the walls of the village homes and temples since years.