Pattachitra - Untitled PC08

by Prakash Chandra
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Size: 18 x 12 inches
Medium: Stone Colours on Handmade Canvas
  • ABOUT Prakash Chandra

    Prakash Chandra was born in 1972 in Chandanpur, and learnt the traditional artform of Pattachitra from his grandfather. Now residing in Raghurampur - an artist village in the heart of Orissa, he has been practicing the artform for nearly two decades. The village was set up to promote Pattachitra art, and skilled artists from all over Orissa were invited to the village. Prakash Chandra’s detailed pen work and beautiful paintings are inspired by the traditional Rath Yatra at the Jagannath Temple. His work also reflects the prevalent contemporary culture around him. Besides Pattachitra art, the artist also specializes in murals.

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  • ABOUT Pattachitra Art

    Pattachitra, literally translates to ‘patta’ meaning cloth and ‘chitra’ meaning picture or painting. Pattachitra is a traditional artform from Odisha (Orissa). Dating back to over a thousand years, it is one of the most well-known traditional artforms in India. Pattachitra paintings are characterised by their vivid yet simple imagery that borrows from the murals seen on temples in Odisha. Depicting mythological scenes, typically those pertaining to the Jagannath and the Vaishnava sect, Pattachitra paintings are painted by traditional painters or chitrakaras, who follow a very strict and disciplined approach to their practice.

    Pattachitra paintings are typically done using vegetable and other natural dyes which are made by the artists themselves. Visually stunning, the intricate artworks are painted on cloth canvasses that are specially treated until their surfaces acquire a leathery texture. In modern times, the artform has adapted to newer mediums such as paper, but the traditional subjects and use of colour in the artform remain intact.

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