Traditional Art of Orissa
Pattachitra - a Sanskrit word, for the style of Hand Painting that originated in Orissa in 12 century B.C., i.e. more than 3000 years ago. It started when artists of Orissa, or Oriya Painters, started making Chitra (i.e. painting) on a Patta (i.e. palm leaf or canvas) as religious offering to temples. These paintings mostly show religious stories, deities and daily life events of people from that period using rich colorful application & creative motifs and designs. From canvas to colours, everything in Pattachitra paintings is prepared by hands of craftsman.