The pattachitra of Orissa is a highly characteristic form of folk art. It is a portmanteau of the words ‘patta’ and ‘chitra’. While ‘chitra’ simply means image, ‘patta’ is the name of the homemade, fabric-based canvas on which these chitras are painted. Pattachitra paintings are known for their complex imagery and devotional themes, a fine example of which you may see on this page. This large-sized composite of Lord Ganesha images features a limited but vibrant colour palette and expresses a soothing sense of devotion. There are baked pinks, oranges and ochres, and hints of blue and white.
At the centre is an image of ashtabhujadhari (eight-armed) Ganesha. Like a child, He is seated on the floor with His heels gathered together. The flute in His anteriormost hands are indicative of Vaishnava influence in regional art. This circular panel in the centre is flanked by vertical, rectangular panels that depicts the chaturbhujadhari Lord standing in the precincts of a temple, attended upon by two of His wives, Devi Riddhi and Devi Siddhi. Interestingly, these panels are mirror images of each other. A column of miniscule, circular panels on either side of the composite of three central panels. Finally, the ensemble described so far is hemmed in on all four sides by a series of smaller panels depicting episodes from the lives of a multitude of Hindu deities.
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