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Patachitra Painting

Orissa, one of the important hubs of rich art representations, draws number of tourists, archaeologists, devotees, and researchers from different parts of the country. Having become one of the chosen destinations of many tourists far and wide, a rich variety of Arts of Orissa is on display.

Among the Arts of Orissa, Patachitra Painting demands special mention due to it distinctiveness. Having its roots in the temple of Jagannath, the painting form of Patachitra engages paintings on a piece of fabric or clay plate or a tablet. Practised mainly by the Mahapatras and Maharanas, the painting generally demonstrates either stories of Gods and Goddesses, lilas of Lord Krishna, images and pictures of animals and legends.

The artists involved in Patachitra Painting are called chitrakars. They use shades like lamp black, blood red, red ocher, indigo, yellow and white to paint the pictures on the patas. These patachitras are a must in the shopping agenda of the tourists. Strong allusions to folk and tribal culture are evident in these paintings. The special ganjapa card or round forms of playing cards are exclusive in its own kind.

Specimens of Patachitra Painting are sure to find place in the shopping kits of the tourists.

On your Tour to Orissa you will get a fair idea of the rich culture of this part of the country.