Pata-Chitra are a result of folk imagination in the spiritual world of gods. Tradition traces their origin at Puri to the 11th century when the Jagannath cult was established.
The pictures of the divine 'Triad' are popularly known as 'Sri Khetra Pati', the triad being Sri Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra. In a unique representation, which is dictated by popular trends, the three are depicted as one integrated with the other. On an angular pedestal, within the flames of sacred fire, the black totem-like figure of Jagannath sits cross-legged with Subhadra holding a long stemmed lotus placed in his lap. In sharp contrast, the white figure of Balabhadra, emerges from behind Jagannath, holding a plough in one hand, beside other attributes. Jagannath holds all the attributes of Vishnu, whose incarnation he is. On either side of the image is Brahma Ji and a human paying obeisance to the divinity.
If there is piety in the image there is beauty in the architecture around it - the partially visible pillars, the arch, the layered canopy, all containing the beauty of colour and pattern. The color scheme itself is extremely vivid and bright, with the resplendent flame rising beautifully against the rich blue ground.
PAATA PAINTING ON TUSSAR SILK FABRIC
FOLK ART FROM THE TEMPLE TOWN OF PURI (ORISSA)
ARTIST RABI BEHERA
42.0 INCHES X 28.0 INCHES