Atelier Pranab Narayan Das
Master artist Pranab painted in the Pattachitra idiom of Orissa that originated in the village of Raghurajpur, and his atelier in Puri has developed a style unique to him : instead of the traditional canvas, they paint on tussar silk. Pranab succumbed to Covid in 2021, but his atelier continues the tradition of the Master with much success. The paintings are normally of gods and goddesses, most notably Jagannath, the avatar of Vishnu that is Orissa’s favourite deity. The work is so fine it needs to be done with brushes that are made from the hair of a rat’s tail - singular enough to be treated like a nib. All the pigment is from ground minerals, and most works take months to complete. Gitanjali Das etches on palm leaves in the same style, intricate and beautiful work that folds fan-like and opens up in magnificence.