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Pattachitra

Patachitra painting are a 2000-year-old tradition of painting from Odisha and West Bengal.  They orginated in a little village called Raghurajpur. Even now almost the entire village practices this vivid art form. The name Patachitra is  derived from Sanskrit for  cloth or pata and picture or chitra. These scrolls accompanied folk performers, bards of yore who used them to illustrate the stories they were performing. These artists are known as Patuas. The Patachitra originally featured stories from the Vaishnava and Jagannath sects.  Over time, the art of Patachitra has depicted tribal Hindu mythology, Buddhist mythology and even Islamic traditions. As the Patuas came under various religious influences over the course of history, the scrolls transformed accordingly, spreading across Java, Bali, Tibet, Malaysia and Sri-Lanka.

These elaborate paintings are created on Tussar silk or on thick canvases made of layers of cotton, glued together with tamarind glue and chalk.  Once the canvases are dried they are then rubbed with stone to prepare them for the painting.

Odisha Patachitras featured earthy colors such as indigo, green, yellow, black and white made from natural pigments mixed with ground shells.  These colours are created through laborious processes being, ground and boiled to create long-lasting colors. Brushes were made from the hair of local fauna such as mongoose or rat or thicker brushes from buffalo hair.  The paintings tend to have a luminous quality because of the red color that serves as background for them.  Increasingly other solid colors such as blue and yellow are also used in painting Patachitras. Subsequent colors are layered over and filled in to create more and more vivid detail. The paintings feature statue-like forms posed with fixed expressions. Thick outlines are created with the twig of a plant called kiya. Once the painting is complete it is given a beautiful glazed finish by coating with a protective layer of laquer. The elaborate floral borders of the painting are as important as the main subject. The striking human portraiture, the rhythmic lines and the sheer technical detailing of the Patachitra makes it an enduring art form and a legacy worth treasuring.

 

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Rs. 5,500.00

Artist: Akshaya Kumar Bariki Genre: Patachitra Size:  18" x 12" Ashtavinayaka,”eight Ganeshas, refers to the eight different Hindu temples in Maharashtra state of India that house eight distinct idols of Ganesha, in a pre-ascertained sequence. The Ashtavinayaka yatra or pilgrimage covers the eight ancient holy temples of Ganesha which are situated around Pune. The form of each murti of Ganesha and His...

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Rs. 250.00

Colour: Multicolour Medium: Use of a mix of cotton and paper called Patta paper Beautifully painted tribal painting on a patti paper. 

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Rs. 850.00

Colour: Multicolour Medium: Use of a mix of cotton and paper called Patta paper Size: 20x15 cms Beautifully painted lord Jagannath his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra on a patti paper. The painting has bright colours and painted on a gold background. 

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Rs. 850.00

Colour: Multicolour Medium: Use of a mix of cotton and paper called Patta paper Size: 20x15 cms Beautifully painted lord Jagannath his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra on a patti paper. The painting has bright colours and painted on a gold background. 

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Rs. 5,500.00

Artist: Akshaya Kumar Bariki Genre: Patachitra Size:  18" x 12" The Kandarpa hasti also called as Navanarikunjra means an elephant comprising nine women.The nine maiden ladies design themselves like an elephant. They actually intersect and entangle among themselves in such a way that they appear like an elephant. Krishna playing flute on the back of the designed elephant.  

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Rs. 70,000.00

Artist: Akshaya Kumar Bariki Genre: Patachitra Size:  6 ft x 3 ft This beautiful handpainted masterpiece tells Krishna’s story step by step such as Krishna’s birth and childhood situations, Yashoda and Asura’s, Krishna playing flute near the bank of river Yamuna with Radha and Gopis. Each motif in this exquisite painting has been sketched with every attention to the last minute detail.  

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Rs. 27,500.00

Artist: Akshaya Kumar Bariki Genre: Patachitra Size:  4 ft x 2.5 ft The god of plenty, the god of auspicious beginnings, Lord Ganesha's life history represents his birth, his parents lord Shiva and Parvati and his head , Gaja. Lord Ganesha has been shown in various forms and postures which indicates he was a patron of art and science.   

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Artist: Akshaya Kumar Bariki Genre: Patachitra Size:  18" x 12" Panchmukhi Ganesha, the five faces of Lord Ganesha symbolise the five kosher in the subtile anatomy expereicend by a yogi. Annamaya kosha: the flesh body made of matter Pranamaya kosha: the breath body, or energy bodyManomayakosha: the mental bodyVighnânamayakosha: the body of the Upper ConsciousnessAnandamayakosha: the body of Cosmic Bless. Thus this form...