The art of Pattachitra paintings emerged from Puri in Odisha. Legend has it that local artists in the Puri region began painting images of the temple deities on a piece of cloth. This practice started so as to give the temple deities a break after the annual ritual bath.
This form of painting on cloth came to be known as Pattachitra, Patta meaning Cloth and Chitra meaning Painting.
The Pattachitra from Odisha on display is portraying Lord Ganesha in Lord Krishna's dancing pose. The intricately done designs and the use of natural colours enhance the beauty of the painting.
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