Chitra Pothi: Illustrated Palm-Leaf Manuscripts from Orissa



J.P. Das

Hardback  9788189738068


An important but little known art form of Orissa is illustration on palm leaf that flourished along with the Orissan tradition of copying Kavya texts on palm leaf manuscripts and illuminating them. This art form touched its zenith during the golden age of Oriya Kavya Literature in the 18th century when a large number of chitra pothis (illustrated palm leaf manuscripts) were done.








Chitra Pothi: Illustrated Palm Leaf Manuscripts from Orissa traces the palm leaf tradition of Orissa and the development of Oriya literature that provides the basis of palm leaf art. It throws light on the making of the chitra pothis and the nature of the texts that were illustrated, weaving into the larger canvas the patron, the scribe and the artist, as it goes on to analyse palm leaf art as illumination of the text and as an art form.



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