This is a traditional art form which has originated in Odisha. This art form is known for its intricate work, vibrant colors and unique story telling. These palm leaf illustrations user to tell stories from mythology. The Tala which means palm leaf and pattichitra which means painting on cloth.

The process of creating Tala pattichitra includes painting on specially prepared palm leaf or one cab choose cloth with a fine brush which is made from squirrel hair. The artists draw the outline of figure and scenes using black ink and then fill them with bright colors. The colors used are extracted from natural materials like vegetable dyes and minerals.

It is based on Hindu mythology and folk. The painting depicts scenes from the holy books of Ramayana and Mahabharta. Every painting is accompanied by narrative. It is not only an art form but also means of preserving history and culture. These paintings value their artistic merit and cultural significance. They are used for special occasions like weddings, festivals which are sold as souvenirs to tourists.

Tala Pattichitra has gained game and recognition and has shown them

In recent years, Tala Pattichitra has gained recognition and has been exhibited in galleries and museums across India and abroad. The Odisha government has also taken steps to promote the art form and provide support to the artists to ensure its preservation.


  • Palm leaves have elements for recording.
  • Palm leaves are three times stronger
  • Various historical records and stories are recorded.

Design –

  • The leaves are stretched out like open bellows of harmonium.
  • They seem more intricately beautiful bits of coloured paper under the lace cuts outs.
  • Some areas can open like small windows which give second image
  • Colours used are subdued tones.
  • Odissi dance form has left the influence of art with the bold lines and color combinations of natural hues.
  • One can led a strong visual appeal to these paintings.

Overlapping for forms –

  • No overlapping is required.
  • Designs are traditional
  • Thickness of border is governed by the size
  • Having two border is normal in painting  
  • Face and limbs are shown in the profile
  • Male figures are drawn bigger and same size whereas women are shown in small frame.
  • Figures of senior or elderly person are given a slender build, bent posture.

Challenges –

  • Art form is not confirmed
  • Traditional craft guild has expanded
  • No organised group for marketing
  • Heavy marketing concentration which led to decline in paintings in villages.
  • Income of the artisans is marginal and seasonal.

Every aspiring artist wanted a small trader in the painting business. Because of the middlemen or traders, received more profit than the local artists. These factors led to lack of knowledge, market and scope has led to poverty of artist.

In conclusion, Tala Pattichitra is a unique and beautiful art form that showcases the rich culture and history of Odisha. The intricate paintings and storytelling have captivated audiences for centuries and continue to do so today. Its popularity and significance have made it an important part of India’s artistic heritage.

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