The Purba Medinipur district was carved out of the erstwhile Medinipur district on January 1, 2002. This district is the hub of Patachitra - a folk visual art form. The Medinipur Patachitra is famous for its bold outline, vibrant colours and content which are based on mythological and stories and social events. Total 238 Patachitra artists of this district is covered under the RCCH initiative.