Walls of Danish PM’s official residence are graced with Pattachitra painting

Encountering art at every bend, Prime Minister on official visit to Denmark expressed his pleasure after seeing the Pattachitra painting depicting the Ram Darbar adorning the walls of Denmark Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s official residence. 

Pattachitra painting was gifted to her by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during her visit to India last year. He was charmed to have incidentally come across the painting while passing through the precinct on the invitation to visit the official residence of Frederiksen. 

Being one of the oldest and most popular art forms of Odisha Pattachitra style of painting is known for its intricate details and mythological narratives and folklore involved in it. It is basically an ancient art in Odisha created for rituals and as souvenirs for pilgrims visiting temples.

The particular painting depicts the Ram Darbar or the Court of Lord Shri Ram. Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also expressed his gratitude to PM for making Odisha proud by taking the rich cultural heritage of the State to global stage. Pradhan asserted that the people of the State feel elated to see that the most distinct form of its traditional painting has found its way to Denmark.

Recently PM also gifted wooden carved ‘Krishna Pankhi’ made by Rajasthani artisans to his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida. Earlier in 2015, Modi had gifted another Pattachitra painting ‘Tree of Life’ to the then French President Francois Hollande. 

It seems like India’s soft power has a way to make inroads into far off lands with quite ease in comparison to other diplomatic manoeuvres.

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