Bhubaneswar Miniature Artist Brings Inanimate Objects to Life


Bhubaneswar: There is something in the art of Lingaraj Mahasuar. Art forms spring from inanimate objects and seem to have a life of their own.

Lingaraj, 28, hails from the old city of Bhubaneswar and is a true Odia blue at heart. He spoke at length to OMMCOM NEWS and talked about his love for art and how it shapes his life.

From a family that prepares and sells Abhadah or prasad (the offering for the presiding deity) at Lingaraj Temple, the art has always had a special place in its heart. “I have always been attracted to art since my childhood. Whenever I saw a painting, I would immediately bring my sketchbook and try to recreate it,” says Lingaraj. He shyly adds that even the walls of his house have not been spared by his “art”.

Bhubaneswar Miniature Artist Brings Inanimate Objects to Life

It is important to note here that Lingaraj is a self-taught artist. And since he received no formal training, he honed his skills over time through observation and practice. The art form of Patta Chitra seduced Lingaraj and he swore to learn it too.

“When I started trying my hand at Patta Chitra paintings in 2013-14, it was far from perfect. To improve myself, I started observing the designs in detail and continued to learn in parallel,” he adds.

Bhubaneswar Miniature Artist Brings Inanimate Objects to Life

Sharing his lockdown experience with OMMCOM NEWS, Lingaraj said, “When the lockdown was imposed in March, temples were closed to the public and our business was badly affected. And since I had a lot of free time, I concentrated on painting. As a trial I painted the faces of Balabhadra, Lord Jagannatha and Goddess Subhadra on three separate almonds and posted the same on my social media page.

Bhubaneswar Miniature Artist Brings Inanimate Objects to Life

He adds that the response has been overwhelming. Encouraged, he tried miniature painting on a variety of objects such as that of an adjustable wrench, ice cream sticks, matches, biscuit, bay leaf, roti and conch, among others. . Lingaraj’s most recent work is that of Lord Jagannath’s face on a grain of rice.

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Posted by Lingaraj Mahasuar on Wednesday, September 30, 2020

“Social media has played a huge role in expanding my reach. I am trying to make a business out of it and I have also received several offers. I will be happy to collaborate with e-commerce sites or open my own online store,” adds Lingaraj before signing off.

Lingaraj Mahasuar, miniature artist


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