Krishna Story pattachitra painting, 24″ x 48″
The paintings of Odisha can be broadly classified into three categories based on the medium used, namely paintings on cloth or ‘Patta Chitra’, paintings on walls or ‘Bhitti Chitra’ and palm leaf engravings or “Tala Patra Chitra” or “Pothi, Chitra’.
The style of all these remains more or less the same at a specific time because the then artists were commissioned to work in all these media, it is believed.
The paintings seen in old Odisha’s paintings of famous temples and centres of Puri, Konark and Bhubaneshwar region, dating back to the 5th century BC. The best work is found in the temples of Jagannath at Puri and Sun Temple at Konark.