Radha and Krishna Engrossed in Love

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The divine love of Radha and Krishna is one of the most popular forms of love in the entire Hindu pantheon. Rabi Behera by his professional skills and creative throw of colors has water colored this alluring Pattachitra folk art depicting the immense love of Lord Krishna and Radha, with the two enwrapped in each other’s arms in that pure bond of love and friendship. Lord Krishna stands with the legs crossed in Tribhanga posture and hands holding his beloved with extreme warmth and love. While Radha has her legs placed at Krishna’s alternate spaces and seem to fall in the Lord’s hands, suggestive of her complete trust and faith towards Krishna.

The artist has used an amazing contrast of varied colors while painting their garbs. Krishna is adorned in a yellow dhoti decorated with horizontal red, green and white strips along with the complementing red and green stoles and Radha is all garbed in the graceful silks of a designer red dhoti and a contrasting blue blouse. The divine beauty of the deities is clearly expressive from their facial features, having the large wide-open eyes filled with extreme love for each other and the red lips smiling in ecstasy. Both Radha and Krishna are embellished with the rich gold jewels and the long multiple layered Krishna’s crown is suggestive of his royalty.

The yellow and blue hued plumage of Radha and Krishna is suggestive of their iconic fair and dark skin tone respectively. Krishna’s holy cow, Surabhi stands behind them and this love bond is framed in a temple structure beautified by exotic color combinations and brush strokes. Having this colorful Radha and Krishna Pattachitra folk art hung on any empty wall is a great piece of attraction and ornamentation that has its sole presence enough to charm the eyes. The white background accentuates the formation and beauty of every design and color in the best possible ways.

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Item Code: PY98
Artist: Rabi Behera
Water Color Painting on Patti Folk Art From The Temple Town Puri (Orissa) Artist: Rabi Behera
Dimensions 12.2 inches x 18.3 inches
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Mastering the Ancient Technique: Exploring the Meticulous Creation of Pattachitra Paintings

The traditional Pattachitra is a scroll painting that is done on cloth. This is revealed in the name; Pattachitra is a Sanskrit term made from two words i.e. Patta meaning cloth and Chitra meaning picture. The main subject of this painting is portraying Hindu mythological narratives, scenes from religious texts, and folktales. Pattachitra paintings are especially practiced in eastern Indian states such as West Bengal and Odisha, and also in some parts of Bangladesh. This art form is closely related to Shri Jagannath and the tradition of the Vaishnava sect. It is believed that Pattachitra art originated in the 11th century and the people of Odisha practice it even today without any discrepancy. Bengalis use these scroll paintings for ritual purposes (as a visual device) during the performance of a song or Aarti.
Pattachitra paintings are characterized by creative and traditional motifs/designs, decorative borders, and bright colorful applications. The outline of the figure and motifs are bold and sharp. Some common shapes and motifs seen in these paintings are trees, flowers, leaves, elephants, and other creatures. The artists of Odisha and Bengal still use the traditional method of painting which gives a unique look to it altogether.

1. Canvas is prepared

The process of painting a Pattachitra begins by preparing the canvas (patta). Generally, cotton cloth is used for making the canvas. The local artists dip the cotton cloth in a mixture of tamarind seeds and water for a few days. The cloth is then taken out and dried in the sun. Now natural gum is applied over it to stick another layer of cotton cloth on it. Thus a thick layer of cotton cloth is formed. This layered cotton is sun-dried and a paste of chalk powder, tamarind, and gum is applied on both sides. The surface of the cloth is then rubbed with two different stones for smoothening and it is again dried. This process gives the cloth a leathery finish and it is now ready to be painted.

2. Natural colors are made using traditional method

The painters prepare and use vegetable and mineral colors for application in the painting. White color is made from conch shells, black is made by burning coconut shells, Hingula is used for red color, Ramaraja for blue, and Haritala for yellow.

3. Colors are filled in

The artist now makes a double-lined border on all four sides of the canvas. The local artists are so expert in painting that they do not draw figures and motifs with pencil but directly draw them with a brush. The paint brushes that the painters use are made of the hair of domestic animals, a bunch of which is tied to the end of a bamboo stick. The figures are now painted with natural colors using the indigenous brushes. The outline is thickened with black color.

4. Painting is given a finishing

Finally, the painting is varnished/glazed to protect it from any damage and to get a glossy shine on the surface.

The making of a Pattachitra is laborious work and therefore, one painting may sometimes take over a month to complete. Due to their classical look, these paintings are admired by people from all over the world. The artistic skills used in Pattachitra are passed down from one generation to another and thus are preserved to date.
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