Pattachitra

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News: COVID-19 pandemic has affected the livelihood of Pattachitra artisans

Facts:

  • It is a traditional cloth-based scroll painting of Odisha.
  • The name Pattachitra has evolved from the Sanskrit words patta, meaning cloth, and chitra, meaning picture.
  • Major themes:
    • Thia Badhia – depiction of the temple of Jagannath; 
    • Krishna Lila – enactment of Jagannath as Lord Krishna displaying his powers as a child;
    • Dasabatara Patti – the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu; 
    • Panchamukhi – depiction of Lord Ganesh as a five-headed deity