Patachitra is a common word for usual, fabric-based scroll painting, based in the eastern Indian province of Odisha. In the Sanskrit words, ‘Pata’ accurately indicates ‘cloth’ and ‘Chitra’ denotes ‘image’.
Patachitra is a conventional painting of Odisha, India.These paintings are based on Hindu myths and especially instigated by Jagannath and Vaishnava faction. All colours utilized in the Paintings are normal and paintings are finished completely old conventional way by Chitrakaras that is Odia Painter. Patachitra method of painting is one of the oldest and most admired art forms of Odisha. The name Patachitra has developed from the Sanskrit terms pata, denoting canvas, and chitra, meaning image. Patachitra is thus a painting prepared on canvas, and is marked by wealthy colourful purpose, inspired motifs and designs, and representation of plain themes, mainly mythological in portrayal. The conventions of patachitra paintings are more than thousand years old.