Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik presented His Holiness Pope Francis a Pattachitra painting on behalf of Odisha and her people.
The Pattachitra painting gifted by Patnaik depicts the ‘Tree of Life’, said an official press release.
Pattachitra is a unique ancient traditional, cloth-based scroll painting from Odisha. This art form is known for its intricate detail, natural colours and mythological themes. It shows the unique expertise of the skilled craftspersons of Odisha.
Patnaik today met His Holiness at the Vatican. He expressed his pleasure in meeting His Holiness and thanked him for his warm audience. He wished His Holiness good health and long life.
Many priests and sisters from India, who were at the Vatican, were happy to see Patnaik. They wished him well.