In this spectacular Pattachitra painting, Lord Krishna is shown riding a Nari Kunjar - in whichÂ nine Gopinis form themselves into the shape of an elephant by twisting their bodies into acrobatics to carry Krishna.Â Â Here even the borders are marked prominently with some floral designs.Â
The drawing is done by hand engraving on the palm leaf using iron stylus- an iron pen. A paste made of bean leaves, charcoal made of burnt coconut shells, til oil and turmeric is rubbed on the etching that highlights the figures. Vegetable and mineral colors are used as fillers and in very subdued tones. Â
Pattachitra is a generic term for the traditional scroll painting Â typically undertaken in the state of Odisha .Â Dating back to the 12th century AD, this art form was traditionally made on fabric or leaves while the colors were extracted from natural stones, conches and lamp soot. The motifs are typically mythological in nature with emotive facial expressions and were originally used as offerings to the Lord Jagganath.
The painting is done by Praksash Kumar Maharana,Â a veteran Pattachitra artist of Odisha State.