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PAINTINGS OF ODISHA

PAINTINGS OF ODISHA

Odisha is exceedingly rich, since ancient times in exquisite and excellent paintings like Patta Chitra Painting, Tassar (Silk) Painting, Paper Mache, Palm Leaf Engraving. Interestingly, the European scholars were greatly attracted to study the Oriya Palm leaf manuscript collections during the nineteenth century.

The paintings on the caves of Khandagiri and Udayagiri and Sitabhinji murals of the Sixth century A.D., the earliest indigenous paintings from Odisha. They do not belong to any particular place but the district of Puri has the highest concentration of Chitrakars.

Patta Chitra Painting Workshop

The word Patta is a Sanskrit word meaning canvas and Chitra meaning picture.This art form is defined by its rich use of colour, its creative motifs and designs, and its portrayal of pure and simple themes. Borders are an integral part of the painting and this is drawn first on the painting on all the four sides of the patta consisting of two or three lines according to the size of the painting. The outlines of the figures are drawn first with very thin lines in white. The body colours are then added followed by colouring the attires. The figures are then adored with ornaments and coloured. Sometimes a painting is done only in black and white. With perfect mastery over fine line drawing, the Chitrakars make the paintings come alive with their skill and workmanship. Most of the paintings are based on mythological stories and Puri Jagganath, Balabhadra & Subhadra,

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Tassar (Silk) Painting Workshop

These are exotic ancient painting on tassar (silk) which is a natural fabric or on hand made canvas (Patta). As a religion art form it evolved from the temple rituals, more specifically from the temple of Jagannath at Puri and else where in Odisha. These paintings portray a large variety of themes, from religious and mythical stories to exotic and raga (musical) narratives.

The age old painting drawn on the temple walls of Orissa, is now a days being done on tassar cloth. It depicts mythological stories with Deva, Devis, Animals and Plants etc. These are tribal paintings on tassar silk cloth depicting tribal art done on the houses of saura tribesmen. These are available on different sizes and can be used as wall posters by laminating them. These are tribal paintings on tassor silk cloth depicting tribal art done on the houses of saura tribesmen. These are available on different sizes and can be used as wall posters by laminating them.

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Palm Leaf Engraving Workshop

Palm Leaf Engraving is a art of Odisha and use of palm leaves for paintings. The use of palm leaves earlier were witnessed as manuscripts where the palm leaves were used as writing materials. They were used to record the moments and traditional narratives and also to pass on the knowledge to the next generations. the practice that has also led to the origination of exquisite Palm Leaf Painting of Odisha.

The ancient art creators devised the writing on palm leaves to an art form for etching and painting. It is noted to have begun
from the Odisha state that is also known as Odisha.

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Paper Mache - Masks Workshop

The craft of moulding paper into a range of products including patachitra styled masks locally known as Mukha. These Masks (Mukhas) are not only strikingly beautiful but sturdy and durable as well.

A convoluted procedure is followed to make papers for these items. Paper, waste cloth and different kinds of natural fibres are soaked and beaten into pulp. They are then mixed with a variety of seeds and gums for strength and as protection from termites for durability. The entire process results in a medium so malleable that it requires great skill to be moulded into countless forms. Various items like masks, toys and caps generate a lot of interest among the masses and the classes alike.

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