This Odisha Pattachitra by Akshaya Kumar Bariki illustrates Krishna Leela.
The middle panel features Krishna and Radha in an embrace. As Odisha Pattachitras were traditionally used as personal home shrines, the central icons are always larger and primary. This is followed by supporting stories and images around them, which are smaller in size to symbolise hierarchy. In this painting, Krishna’s life episodes cover the outside panels, which depict his many stories, including the destruction of the snake Kaliya, the lifting of Govardhan Mountain, and the destruction of other demons like Bakasura and Hayagriva, as well as demonesses Putana.
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Periodc. 21st century
ArtistAkshay Kumar Bariki
MediumGum Tempera on Cloth
DimensionsH: 63.4 cm x W: 94.2 cm
Genre: Indigenous & Tribal Art