Pata paintings or scroll paintings on canvas are a unique contribution of the folk artists of Orissa, bringing together the diverse expression of the divine, along with the intense aspects of human life. The folk tradition of Pata paintings can be traced back to the 8th century A.D. These paintings depict the aesthetic values of Oriya culture, its traditions and the picturesque landscape. The book provides a chronological account of the techniques, forms and styles of these paintings.
The author of the book, Bansidhar Mohanty was an eminent poet, educationist, prominent Oriya critic and essayist. A recipient of Sahitya Academy Award, Mohanty had written a number of books on Oriya culture and literature.
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