Why this painting at the Danish Prime Minister’s house is drawing praise from Odisha MPs BJP | Latest India News
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen showed Prime Minister Narendra Modi his residence on Tuesday and showed the painting of Pattachitra – folklores of Odisha – donated by him during his last visit to India.
Several senior BJP leaders from Odisha took to Twitter and shared a photo of the moment as the two prime ministers shared a lighter moment at the painting which encapsulates the rich culture of India and its coastal state.
“The soft power of India and the treasure of Odisha in the form of Pattachitra painting adorns the residence of Danish Prime Minister H.E. Frederiksen. She showed Hon. Prime Minister @narendramodi ji his residence and showed the painting gifted by Prime Minister Modi during his last visit to India. Proud moment!” tweeted Labor Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
“When the Prime Minister of Denmark, HE Frederiksen was showing the Honorable Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi Ji his residence, he spotted the Pattachitra painting from Odisha adorning his house. Modi Ji had gifted him this painting during his last visit to India,” BJP National Spokesperson Sambit Patra tweeted.
“The painting not only encapsulates the rich culture of India and Odisha, but also reflects India’s growing soft power,” he added.
“Odisha-Pattachitra folklore painting at Danish Prime Minister’s Residence,” wrote Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw.
BJP Mahila Morcha also tweeted.
“There is no better gift than your cultural heritage in the form of traditional arts. A #Pattachitra from #Odisha was presented to Danish Prime Minister Frederiksen by Hon’ble PM @narendramodi during his last visit to India . Thank you Modi Ji for always prioritizing the culture of Odisha,” Odisha MP Lalitendu Bidyadhar Mohapatra tweeted.
What is Pattachitra?
The Pattachitra when painted on canvas follows a traditional canvas preparation process. First, the base is prepared by coating the fabric with soft, white stone powder with chalk and glue made from tamarind seeds.
This gives the fabric tensile strength and a smooth, semi-absorbent surface, allowing it to accept paint. The artist does not use pencil or charcoal for the preliminary drawings. It is traditional to finish the borders of the painting first.
The painter then begins to make a rough sketch directly with a brush using light red and yellow. The main flat colors are applied next; the colors used are normally white, red, yellow and black. The painter then finishes the painting with fine black brush strokes, giving the effect of pencil work.
When the painting is complete, it is held over a charcoal fire and the lacquer is applied to the surface. This makes the paint water resistant and durable, in addition to giving it a glossy finish.
Modi held one-on-one conversations and delegation-level talks with the Danish Prime Minister to enhance India-Denmark friendship. After the talks at the conclusion level, the two sides also signed seven agreements.
Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Denmark began shortly after his visit to Berlin ended on Tuesday.
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