CONTENTS:- 1. The Background. 2. Oriya Manuscripts and Illustrations. 3. Rupabheda. 4. Line. 5. Composition. 6. Anatomy. 7. Bodily Postures. 8. Conventional Forms of Anatomy and Draperies. 9. The Flora. 10. The Fauna. 11. Architecture. 12. Expression. 13. Amorous Compositions. 14. Classification of Artists. 15. Social & Economic Condition of Scribes & Illustrators. 16. The Illustrative Quality. 17. Individuality. 18. Craft in Art. 19. Influences. 20. Comparison to Other Regional Styles. 21. Palm Leaf Illustrations Outside Orissa. 22. Gadi Ghar or the Library. 23. A Dying Art.
This book is on the drawings in the palmleaf manuscripts of Orissa drawn by the scribes-artists who; had no family background of art, no training from any teacher.
These drawings are not drawn by pen or pencil but etched by the help of an iron needle called style on dry palmleaves.
They are based on the text of the manuscripts and the artists have shown their individuality in their drawings. They are successful in expressing their feelings through a few lines, which they have drawn spontaneously, but precisely within a limited space of one to two inches (which is the breadth of the palmleaf).