Thursday, April 2, 2015

Different Patachitra arts in coconut shell

Pattachitra art is a traditional and very important painting or art of Odisha. People of Odisha are feeling proud for this art. These paintings are based on Hindu mythology and specially inspired by Lord Jagannath and Vaishnava Dharma (culture). All colors used in the pattachitra Paintings are natural and paintings are made fully old traditional way by Chitrakaras (Oriya Painter). The  Pattachitra style of painting is one of the oldest and most popular art forms of Odia culture. The name Pattachitra has evolved from the Sanskrit words patta, which meance canvas, and chitra, meance picture. By combining, Pattachitra is thus a painting done on canvas, and is manifested by rich colorful application, creative motifs and designs of Odia culture , and portrayal of simple themes, mostly mythological in depiction.

The people believe or worship Lord Jagannath are associated with Vaishnava culture.  So  apart from Lord Jagannath, most of the themes of traditional Patta Chitra art are mythological stories from Ramayan and Mahabharat those are very important holly books in Hindu Dharma (culture) . All the Patta paintings are indigenously prepared by following a prescribed method designed by old masters of this pattachitra art.  This prescribed method is:-
First taking a piece of cloth then washed and dried it. Then a special gum prepared from the powder of tamarind seed is used to cover its surface. Then another piece of cloth of the same size and dimensions used to put over this cloth before the gum dries up. Then tamarind gum is applied once again on this piece of cloth. when the gum dries, a powder of soft white stone mixed with the tamarind seed gum in ideal proportion, is applied on both sides of the cloth and left this to dry. Then after this, the cloth is polished with a smooth pebble which made smooth to make it suitable for doing painting on it.

By this way many arts can be made by these artists. This apttachitra art made on coconut shell is very much appreciated by peoples. Actually these arts are very much good in making useful and attractive art pieces by using very simple things, this coconut shell pattachitra  is a very good example of it. Coconut shell are very ordinary thing but for this art, the pries of this ordinary things are increases. Paintings of Lord Jagannath and other painting done on a coconut shell are very much liked by peoples and they like to purchase it. So day by day the demand of this art is increasing.

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