This painting depicts 108 Ganesha in Ganesha (in dancing posture) celebrating with a drum is made up on delicate palm leaf- 'Talapatra'. Talapatra paintings are made by fine line drawings etched with a steel stylus on rectangular strips of palm leaves that are delicately strung together. A very unique blend of art in the form of Ganesha painting is made up on palm leaf by engraving which is one of the ancient traditional art of Orissa. Orissaâ€™s villages are the centres of the famous Pattachitra paintings, and in one such village, Raghurajpur, in Puri district of Orissa, creativity flows on any available surface, from cloth and paper to walls, terracotta and dried palm leaves.Â In the zigzag folds of crisp yellow-green leaves, delicately strung together with thread, are needle-sharp fine drawings carefully etched and cut out, telling stories from great mythological epics. Known as Talapatrachitras, (tala â€“ palm, patra â€“ leaf, chitra â€“ illustration) these palm leaf paintings hold a world of tales and secrets, beautifully depicted by the artists of Orissa. The great epics Ramayana and Mahabharata are favourite subjects of illustration in many art forms, as they are with palm leaf paintings. Stories of gods and goddesses are also depicted with minute details of ornaments, hairstyles, animals, flowers, trees and elements of nature.
The painting is done by Praksash Kumar Maharana,Â a veteran Pattachitra artist of Odisha State.