Publisher: Lalit Kala Akademi
ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A
Usabhilasa is a major text in Oriya 'riti Kavya' tradition. This illustrated 'pothi' is remarkable both as a kavya and as a work of art, and for the first time brings to light a rare and vibrant painting tradition of Orissa of the medieval period.
Usabhilasa is a major text in Oriya 'riti Kavya' tradition. Upendra Bhanja (1670-1740) is considered the foremost voice in this tradition. With the discovery of Usabhilasa pothi, its author Sisushankar who lived between 1560 and the end of 16th century, is being recognized as a pioneer in this tradition. He influenced not only Upendra Bhanja but also several poets of later period.
It is really astonishing that the tradition of scribing on palm leaf and illustrating the literary creations has flourished for centuries in Orissa and survives even to the resent day.
This illustrated 'pothi' is remarkable both as a kavya and as a work of art.