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Revive The Lost Art Of Patta Chitra Katha

A social cause to revive the Lost Art of Patta Chitra Katha : A thousand year old traditional folk art of storytelling in the original visual language, featuring exotic illustrations of characters from ancient Indian Mythology, hand printed on sun dried patta leaves.

The roots of Patta Chitra Katha can be traced back to two remote villages of Orissa on the East Coast of India, where a handful of artists are still faithful to this indegenous craft, that was handed down from generation to generation, until it was handicapped by instant machine printing.

The illustrative process involves mixing tamarind seed paste with rice powder and applying it on the patta leaves to create the canvas. And then finding fine brushes made from the hairs of a mongoose or a mouse, that are dipped in vegetable colours to imprint each image.

4320 Patta Chitras were hand crafted in the making of the films posted here - Arjuna The Archer AD 2008.

A film that bridges Mythology with Technology to save a priceless art form and revive it for future generations through a collective online Pattu Chitra Katha Reservoir on Facebook and Sulekha.com

Please Contribute to this Cause in whatever way you can:
Blog this Cause, Collect & Post Patta Chitra Katha images, old Patta Chitra paintings, photos, artist locations, commision artworks or donate funds to the Patta Chitra Katha Artists Village.

1. Refresh the 1000 year old art form with fresh submissions by new age artists and graphic designers

2. Collect, Conserve and Celebrate the history of Patta Chitra Katha

3. Create a fund for the Patta Chitra Artists Village in Orissa

4. Build the Online Bridge between the artists and art collectors