A great artist is, who can draw a big picture on a small canvas, and I would like to say that villagers cum artists of Raghurajpur are the right person for this saying. This is not a simple living village but a village that beliefs in converting the Imagination into Reality.
RAGHURAJPUR, ‘Where every villager is an artist and every house is an artist studio’. Like me One can see the short innovative brief of the village at it’s entrance only. And comes to know about the past pages of the village Raghurajpur.
This place is an intro in itself from starting to end & I’m damn sure you will find something new here.
At first glance, houses looks ordinary but when you notice them heartily you will be surprised. Raghurajpur artisans have not only the creativity to make paintings on cloth and leaf but also the masters of wall painting. While exploring the creative village I found four types of painting such as Mural Painting, Patachitra painting, palm leaf painting and paper painting. Among these all Patachitra paintings are considered as the soul of Odisha. Patachitra is a cloth-based art painting.
It’s noteworthy that the entire population of this village i.e. about 140 families are engaged in making handicraft palm leaf painting, wooden toys, waste coconut, and bottles painting. The art begins here by Maharana Mohapatra Some, who is the national winner from this village. Each painting or art depicts a story that is based on visualization and some are on the religious tone which focuses on Purans such as Ramayana & Mahabharata.
Akruti Handicraft, the National Awardee winner told me that it is the only livelihood for them. And it takes at least three months for the completion of each Patachitra painting. Besides these she told me about a painting that was depicting all stories of Lord Krishna, took 7 months to end. And said, “that was the only gift for my entire life. I won national award for those 7 month’s hard work.”
The most fascinating view for me was ‘ the wedding invitation on the wall’, it means if there is an engagement or wedding celebration in the village, the invitation for the same is painted on the walls with the name of the Bride and Groom in English and Odia. “Whenever someone get marries, they paint the entire village with the wedding designs” – Abhimanyu, local artist. It gives an aesthetic look and also shows brotherhood among people.
This is such a beautiful and colourful village owning each individual as an artesian. Keeping attached to it I found something irregular, that knowledge about the basics of colors and Patachitra is the necessity to be a Bride. Moreover, the beautifully designed wall paintings of the villagerus are sold out at various platforms like Delhi Hatt, Saras Mela, and other craft exhibitions across the country.
Raghurajpur is truly a national treasure. Making it a part of the rural tourist map, while safeguarding its artistic integrity, demands deft and delicate handling.
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Based on writter’s visit and experience.
Written by: Prachi Rathi YUVA BHARAT SAMACHAR