Bhubaneswar based Pattachitra artist Bijay Parida’s is doing his first solo exhibition in Mumbai, The Dancing Line. As part of this a lot of paintings are based on Gita Govinda — the 12th century poem by Jayadeva which narrates tales of Radha and Krishna — there are also images of Jagannatha, and tales from the Ramayana.
According to scholars, the origins of Odisha Pattachitra date back to the 2nd century BC, to the murals made inside the Khandagiri and Udayagiri caves of Odisha. Made on palm leaves (patta), it developed as a form to illustrate literature, poetry and horoscopes.
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