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Pattachitra Tussar Painting by Manisha Meher

25 Jul 2021

Manisha Meher (Born: 20 June 1984) is an award-winning young Indian Artist (Painter). She is famous for her Odisha Pattachitra Paintings and Fine Arts Paintings whose work has been widely exhibited in & outside of India. Her paintings usually contain miniature themes while her techniques also show a mix of plants, animals-birds life. There are a lot of references to realistic work that can be found in her art.

Early life and background
Manisha was born in Sonepur, a small town of western Odisha and currently lives in New Delhi with her husband & children. She belongs to a renowned artist family. Her father Padmashri Kailash Chandra Meher, mother Laxmi Meher and both brothers Prakash-Jayanta are artists of National reputation.


She was initiated into this craft when she was just fourteen. She gained major experience in the field of Tussar Painting from her father who is also an UNESCO & ShilpGuru award artist and having knowledge in several field of art & crafts. Her mother, who is a well-known painter herself, constantly encouraged and motivated her passion. Now for the last two decades she has engaged in this craft with heart and soul and trained herself in various techniques and soon became a talented artist. Besides the duty of an ideal daughter she has been giving training to many institutions like "Indian Art & Craft Academy for Women" and "Handicrafts Handloom Museum & Service Centre for Women" where many poor artisans are trained.
She has participated and her miniature paintings are exhibited in a number of art exhibitions in all over India from time to time and her paintings are highly valued by the visitors in the exhibition. Many of them have been purchased by Museums, Ministry of Textiles, Ministry of Culture and private collections of so many VVIP in India & Abroad.


2005 Master Craftsman National Award by President of India
2002 State Award by Chief Minister of Odisha
2001 State Design Award by Textile Minister of Odisha

Tussar Paintings are commonly known as Patta Chitra and is quite a popular art in West Bengal and Odisha. It's a traditional art done on a piece of cloth or silk sarees usually with Lord Krishna stories. Patta means a piece of cloth and Chitra means painting. Various types of cloth materials are used for the patta paintings and the most popular cloths are gauze like cloth, tussar silk and so on. Tussar paintings are theme based art with lot of motifs and bright colors which are made from natural dyes. You can see a distinguished border and intricate designs like those in the temple deities. Patta paintings are known to exist from 5 B.C, where great tales were drawn on a piece of cloth, resembling a scroll, slowly the art was transformed to tussar silk sarees. Odisha is the land of Lord Jaganath, so most patta paintings are stories based on Lord Jaganath and other temple dieties. The artists are known as chitrakars and most of them hail from the village Raghurajpur, which is quite popular for it's craftsmanship. Tussar Silk is usually worn by women for festive occasions, so through these tussar paintings, the artists creativity gathers more recognition..
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