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The Temple town of Lord Jagannath in Puri district of Odisha (previously Orissa) is famous for its unique traditional art paintings called Patachitras. Derived from Sanskrit; Patachitra literary means Canvas (Patta) Painting (Chitra). Raghurajpur a heritage crafts village is a main source of this art which has a large number of painters (Chitrakars) today. Pata paintings are known for their distinctive lines and vibrant colors. The colors are mostly natural and pigment dyes on Silk Cloth for scroll paintings or Patti Paper (cotton & paper glued together, to give the surface a smooth texture mixture of chalk and tamarind seed paste is coated). These are purely religious paintings which covers themes from Indian mythology. Subjects are mainly based on Indian Mythology and stories related to various Gods & Goddesses of Hinduism. Some Patachitra are painted in a regular series like Dashavatara and Leela’s of Lord Krishna & Rama as well as stories that revolves around Lord Jagannath; the main deity of Puri.

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