Pattachitra was a dying art by the early 50s of the last century .The kings no more patronized the artists and the public did not buy the paintings any longer. It was an American lady called Halina Zealy who resuscitated and revived the art .Today village Raghurajpur has become a model art village. This village has traditionally been entrusted to male patta paintings of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra for the fourteen day long ‘Anavasar’period before the annual car festival in June July. These paintings called ‘Anasara Pati ‘are hung from a bamboo split screen inside the temple while the wooden images are repainted .These patta paintings then represent the deities and are worshiped during that period..
The history of pattachitra painting in Orissa dates back to pre-historic times.Though it is difficult to derive the present form and style out of the pre-historic,these stand as the pioneering work in the history of orissa painting.The painting which originated arround in the puri region is icon painting known as patta painting. The deities of Puri-Lord Jagannath , Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra are verily embodiment of this style. The deities are painted in a pure Orissan style which is being reflected in the traditional painting has made it popular world-wide.
The base materials is called hand made canvas is prepared by pasting layers of old and used cloth with the help of tamarind glue, khadi (chalk powder)coats and after the coats are applied and polished the patis are trimmed on the sides and are cut in to required sizes with the help of scissors.