Patachitra paintings of Raghurajpur: Where art meets mythology
Updated : 2019-07-12 18:34:19
Patachitra, a centuries-old art-form, finds its roots from the Jagannath culture, where paintings of the three deities were made on canvas and put for daily worship in the temple ahead of Rath Yatra. Patachitra paintings are frequently seen painted on temple walls, depicting mostly the life of Lord Krishna and other mythological figures and stories. An artisan village, Raghurajpur in the district of Puri, has kept alive the art form through centuries. Painted on canvas and palm tree leaves, which includes intricate designs, the paintings are done with natural paints made from coloured stones and plant pigments. Apart from the paintings, the artisan village of 80 families also makes clay masks, dolls, which is popular with tourists, art-lovers alike.