This painting shows Kaliya, a poisonous snake that lived in Yamuna river. It is association with the mythology of Krishna dancing and subduing the snake which is celebrated as Nag Nathaiya or Nag Nrithya. This pattachitra painting is extremely beautiful because of its intricate designs and natural colors.
One of Odisha’s oldest and most popular art forms is Pattachitra. Patta and chitra mean canvas and picture, respectively, in Sanskrit. Pattachitra is thus a painting done on canvas, and is manifested by rich colourful application, creative motifs and designs, and portrayal of simple themes, mostly mythological in depiction.
Care Instructions: Avoid direct sunlight, moisture, water, and other liquids. Keep in a frame with glass for best results.
All About Natural Colours Used
Sea shells are collected and grinded in a mortar till they turn into dust, Then the sea shell dust is boiled in water for 2-3 hours. After that it is left to cool down. The solution is then stained using a cotton cloth, the leftover on the cloth sun dried and then mixed with wood apple gum.
The black colour is deprived from the soot formed on oil lamps. The soot is scrapped and the mixed with gum in a coconut shell before final usage.
The stone Hengul is continuously rubbed against a hard uneven surface to produce dust of the same stone. The dust is mixed with wood apple gum in a coconut shell and left to dry in the sun. The dried colour is again mixed with gum before using it for painting.
The blue colour is deprived from the stone Khandaneel. The stone is crushed using a mortar till it reduces to dust like particles and then mixed with gum of the wood apple. Then it is dried in the Sun. Before using the colour for painting it is again mixed with gum and water.
The stone Harital is used to produce the colour yellow. It is grind in a mortar and the dust is mixed with wood apple gum with a continuous stirring to make it ready for use.
Geru soil is used to get the colour brown. The soil is crushed and mixed with wood apple gum for painting.