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The story telling art of Odisha patachitra dates from the 13th century, when the Sun Temple at Konark was built.

Now as then, the drawings are freehand. All that is used to achieve the exquisite intricacy are a few

simple brushes made with fine squirrel hair, fastened tightly with cotton thread to a straight twig

and a rock steady hand to hold it.

The outlines and drawings are made with lamp black bound with natural gum. A number of mineral

and vegetable homemade dyes, including blues and greens extracted from seaweed, are used to fill

in the colours.

Odisha is the land of the Hindu god, Vishnu. He is represented widely in patachitra and poetry as the

mighty ‘Jagannatha’, lord of the world; through his ten incarnations as ‘Dasavatar’ – which include

interestingly, one avatar as the brother of Krishna, Balarama, in place of Rama elsewhere in India; as

the endearing child Krishna himself in Krishna Leela; and as the flute-playing divine lover of the

enchanted Radha, immortalised in Jayadev’s romantic ‘Gita Govinda’’.

Then there are recollections of the Sun Temple and of its sensuous themes such as Ras-leela,

Shringar-ras, the romance of the seasons, idyllic village life and folk ballads.


All the patachitra work you will see at ‘Jagannatha’ has been specially commissioned for the


The 11 artists who have created these masterpieces are almost all National Award or Lalit Kala

Akademi winners.

The few that are not, are young talent, on their way there.

Curatorial note / Press Release


A hand-picked collection of fine Odisha patachitra directly from 11 master artists