In News: Many pieces of Pattachitra art have been damaged due to cyclone Fani in the coastal villages of Odisha.
About Pattachitra Art:
- A traditional cloth-based scroll painting form Odisha, which derives its unique place because of its pictorial conception, technique of painting, line formation and colour scheme.
- Traditionally drawn by Mahapatras, an artistic caste in odisha.
- When the painting is completed it is held over a charcoal fire and lacquer is applied to the surface. This makes the painting water resistant and durable, besides giving it a shining finish.
- It is a disciplined art form where chitrakars maintain rigidity in their use of colours and patterns, restricting the colours to a single tone.
- Pattachitra artform is known for its intricate details as well as mythological narratives and folktales inscribed in it.
- In these paintings borders are created first and artists refrain from using pencil or charcoal for the preliminary drawings.
- Other important Scroll Paintings:
- Kalamkari: Andhra Pradesh
- Kalighat Pats: Bengal
- Phad Paintings: Rajasthan
- Cheriyal Paintings: Telangana
- Pichwai: Rajasthan