Pattachitra is one of the ancient artworks of Orissa, known for their intricate details of mythological narratives and folktales inscribed in it. These paintings are created for ritual use or as souvenirs for pilgrims to Puri or other temples of Orissa. This one shown here is water colored on a patti using a dark colored palette in the background and figures painted in white are clearly highlighted in their every gesture and expression. The thin green background is painted with a stylized feather pattern, giving an idea of peacock feathers, which is closely related with Lord Krishna as his crown’s ornament. All of the figures are very precisely painted in stylish small boxes all-round the circumference depicting various instances of lord Krishna’s lilas.
Lord Krishna is considered as a symbol of love and affection, he is a great teacher, warrior, philosopher and a supreme god in his own right. Krishna is famous for his child-like nature, helpfulness, naughty lilas and infinite love for Radha. As you zoom in to this painting, you will be mesmerized by the professionalism painter has shown while portraying each of Krishna’s acts. The circle in the centre shows Krishna enjoying with his beloved while other gopis feeling blessed to be with them; the diamond shaped figures on each side represent his playful and helpful nature respectively. The minute fillers, painter has used in decorating this beautiful painting add as an highlight to its charm.