Patachitra – The art of engraving on Palm Leaves

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On my way to Mahabalipuram, I stumbled upon a place called as DakshinaChitra – a very inviting structure and concept. DakshinChitra – is a well maintained space for showcasing dakshin i.e southern India with respect to culture, lifestyle, type of houses and art. Along with this, they also conduct various workshops for kids and adults. 

As I entered the place, this piece of art caught my attention.  I saw  person engrossed in creating a detailed – classic art work.

Pattachitra is a general term for traditional, cloth-based scroll painting,[1] based in the eastern Indian state, Odisha.[2] In the Sanskrit language, “Patta” literally means “cloth” and “Chitra” means “picture”. Most of these paintings depict stories of Hindu deities.[3] 

Master Craftsman : Prafullakumar Maharana
Master Craftsman : Prafullakumar Maharana (Above image) | He regularly conducts workshops at DakshinaChitra

This art work needs a lot of patience and passion. Practice of several years makes it possible to engrave on the leaves – says Prafullakumar.

The process is mentioned in the image below :


His small setup at Dakshinachitra has numerous art works, some of the as shown below :

How to reach DakshinaChitra

DakshinaChitra Museum,

East Coast Road, Muttukadu, Kanchipuram District Pin : 603 112

109( cut service),109,588,599. Use this number to hire a taxi
Bus stop – MGM Dizzee world . 200 meters from MGM Dizzee world.

Note: Eatables not permitted inside the museum. Space provided beside the parking area to eat food.


Source : DakshinaChitra