“Pattachitra art” is a very famous art in Odisha, India. Pattachitra art is basically a traditional, cloth-based scroll painting. The name “Pattachitra” is a combination of two Sanskrit words, “Patta” and “Chitra”. In the Sanskrit language, “Patta” literally means “cloth” and “Chitra” means “picture”. So combining these two words, the painting is called pattachitra. This Pattachitra art is a traditional painting of Odisha. These paintings are based on Hindu mythology and specially inspired by Jagannath and Vaishnava culture.
In 5th century BC, the painting the ‘pattachitra’ resemble the old murals of Odisha especially religious centers of Puri, Konark and Bhubaneshwar region. The best work of pattachitra painting is found in Puri, especially in the Raghurajpur village. This village is well known for its arts and artists. Especially pattachitra art of this village is very much famous and every where people like this painting. This village produces many good artists one of them is “Mr. Bhaskar Mohapatra”( a famous pattachitra artist). Paintings made by him are very much popular in all over the world. Every where people like his pattachitra paintings.
Recently our honorable Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi prefers this pattachitra painting to give to the president of France Mr. Francois Hollande during his France tour. Before going to France tour honorable Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi decided to give a patachitra painting to the France president and he chose Mr. Bhaskar Mohapatra’s painting.
This painting, made by Mr. Bhaskar Mohapatra for French precedent is named as ‘Tree of life’ was made on using silk pigments. Mr. Bhaskar Mohapatra state that he made this painting at a leisurely pace in about 25 days, and he also say that he keep “Nabakalebara” in mind during working on the painting.
When he was asked about his first reaction when he found out that Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi chose had chosen to gift the French president the painting that he had made. This painting “Tree of life” is made of with multiple roots and branches, much like a banyan tree. This tree is a motif for benevolence.
He answer to the reporter Minati Singha that- ‘I was overwhelmed. It was be yond my wildest imagination. When I found out from a national television channel that Modi ji had chosen my painting to gift to the French president, I was both happy and proud. In fact, it was one of the happiest and proudest moments of my life.