Writings

I write about
dying art forms
facets of culture
styles of music and
language in technology.


How we documented the dying Prahallada Nataka of Ganjama

How a crowdfunded project became the first-ever complete documentation of a critically endangered performing art of the Indian state of Odisha. Read

https://pattaprateek.com/prahallada-nataka/

Prahallada
Nataka

Found only within Ganjam, this 300-year old form of theatre, filled with hundreds of masterfully composed songs and stylistic dances is a spectacular performance to watch. Read

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Fine Pigment Of A Sacred Depiction

On the full moon day of the month of Jyestha, something peculiar happens – a god falls ill. For the 15 days of his sickness, a painting substitutes him. Therein lies the origin of the ancient Pattachitra art of Odisha. My piece in Swarajya MagRead

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The Odia Rasagola

I made a comic on the Odia Rasagola for fun. Read

Curing A God

Anasara, the period of Jagannatha's sickness has remained shrouded in mystery since eternity. My piece about what we know and what we don't in OTV. Read

The Extended Family Of Jagannatha

Jagannatha has a brother, a sister, uncles and aunts; but who are his parents? Read my write-up in OTV on him, his extended family and the behavioural quirks of the Odia divinities. Read

  • 24 Oct / Vivid backdrop of Kuanra Punei, OrissaPOST
  • 2 Sep / Where Mother is Son, OrissaPOST
  • 8 Aug / Chipping Away History : The Sorry State Of The Puri Temple’s Modern-Day Aesthetic, OdishaTV
  • 26 Jul / Sacred Squabble, OdishaTV
  • 20 Jul / In the Absence of Jagannatha, OdishaTV
  • 20 Jul / Journey Toward Lord, Dainik Sambad
  • 12 Jul / The extended family of Jagannatha, OdishaTV
  • 9 Jul / Researching the Rath Yatra, Sunday Special, OrissaPOST
  • 6 Jul / Curing a God : The Secret of Anasara, OdishaTV
  • 1 Jul / Fine Pigment of a Sacred Depiction, Swarajya Mag