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Raghurajpur - the Artisan's village and the seat of the evolving Gotipua danceform is definitely a bang-on choice for people who crave for heritage tours. Raghurajpur is a place situated among the serenity of mango, coconut, and palm groves, nurturing the craftsmen who make Indian and Odisha proud for its tradition.
Where? Raghurajpur is a village located in the district of Puri (just 14kms of easy drive) and is known as first heritage crafts village of Odisha.
What's the story? Raghurajpur is the artisan's hub. It is the artisans seat of Chitrakars(painters) who still continue to do Pattachitra. The Pattachitra – an art form dating back to 5 BC is what makes this village special.
The village has 120 houses decorated with mural paintings. The artisans also hold the distinction of being the only place for traditional decoration of Patas used in thrones of Lord Jagannath and on the chariots during Rath Yatra. Patta means cloth and chitra means picture- the art form thus derives its name from the material used to do the paintings that is the cloth. The cloth or canvas is prepared through a special technique using chalk and gum made from tamarind seeds. The colours used are all natural and are made from vegetables, minerals and at times from sea-shells as well.
Wall arts, tal patta (Palm leaves embossed) paintings, tussar and silk paintings, paintings on coconut shells, and stone carvings are the types of art-forms that are created by the expert artisans of this village. You can buy these paintings to give altogether different, traditional yet modern interiors to your home.
Besides producing these beautiful works of art, this village has a living tradition of performing art known as Gotipua, the earlier form of Odissi. Gotipuas are young boys of tender age who dress up as girls, sing vaisnab devotional love songs of Radha Krishna and perform Gotipua dance. These art form has been a legacy, carried by generations and passed on as hereditary treasure.
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