Pattachitra Painting

Pattachitra, the native art form of Odisha, is known for its ornate designs and intricate details. It is branded as one of the oldest art forms of Odisha and mostly portrays characters and stories from Hindu mythology, especially from the tales of Jagannath. Derived from two Sanskrit words, patta which means canvas and chitra which means picture, Pattachitra paintings magnificently display a vibrant play of colours on canvas. This thousand year old folk art form still captures the attention of artists especially because of its use of natural colours.