Sale and Live Demonstration of Pattachitra at the Museum
Paramparik Karigar in assocation with the Chatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sangrahalaya
(formerly Prince of Wales Museum)
invites you to the sale and live demonstration of
p a t t a c h i t r a
painting from ORISSA
The artist Pranab Narayan Das will be demonstrating his artform next to the museum shop at the Museum from February 15th to 29th, 2012, 10:00 am to 5.30pm
A traditional art of Orissa, Pattachitra is the art of painting on primed cloth or patta in the finest detail. The themes depict Lord Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra, the famous Rath Yatra festival as well as the Krishna Leela.
The chitrakars or artists stick together layers of old dhoti (thin cotton) cloth with tamarind paste, lime and water. After drying, the surface is polished with a white stone to give it a smooth finish. The theme is sketched with a pencil and then coloured with a fine bamboo brush using colours from minerals. After completion, the painting is held over hot charcoal. Lac mixed with resin powder is sprinkled on the surface and rubbed to strengthen the painting. These days the artists stick an extra layer of cloth to strengthen it and do not use lac.
Born in 1976, Pranab Narayan Das started learning to paint from the age of ten from his Guru Arjun Maharana, who won the National Award for Pattachitra in 1985. Pranab apprenticed with his Guru for ten years. Besides painting on cotton, Pranab also paints on paper and wooden boxes, often used as dowry boxes for weddings. He specializes in painting with black on Tussor silk and has created masterpieces of immense detail and beauty.
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