Prime Minister Narendra Modi applauded a girl from Odisha named Bhagyashree in his Mann ki Baat program.
- The girl has mastered the art of creating Pattachitra on various themes using soft stones.
- The girl boosted her skill during the lockdowns and created pattachitra artworks on unused bottles, electric bulbs and various glass and plastic materials.
- Pattachitra term generally used for traditional, cloth-based scroll painting.
- The art form is based in the states of Odisha and West Bengal.
- The art form is known for the intricate details and the mythological narratives and folktales inscribed in it.
- This is an ancient art form in Odisha which is created for ritual use and as souvenirs for pilgrims to temples.
- These art forms are a component of ancient Bengali narrative art.
- The literal meaning of the word “Pajtta” is “cloth” and “Chitra” means “picture” in Sanskrit.
- The colors used in the Paintings are natural and the paintings are made in the old traditional way by Chitrakaras (Odiya Painter).
- The painting is done on canvas comprising of rich colorful application, creative motifs, and designs.
The theme of the paintings:
- The paintings are based on Hindu mythology.
- It is highly inspired by Jagannath and the Vaishnava sect.
- Thus, the theme of Odia’s painting is kept around Lord Jagannath and the Vaishnava sect.
- The subject matter of the paintings is mythological, religious stories, and folklore.
- The individual paintings of gods and goddesses are done.
- Pattachitra’s style of painting is a mix of both folk and classical elements.
- The dress style in the paintings has Mughal influences.