Tribal artists transform Odisha’s Rayagada village into a veritable gallery of Saura art

Bhubaneshwar: In a rare and fascinating show of cultural conservation, a group of tribal artists in Odisha’s Rayagada district used their artistic skills and brushstrokes to turn their entire village into an art gallery. Around 50 artists from Rejingtal in Rayagada with support from Odisha Lalit Kala Academy and district administration painted all the houses in the village with Saura mural painting, known as ‘Idtal.’

The academy with support from the Rayagada district administration organized a workshop for tribal art culture based on ‘Idtal’ theme which brought the Saura artists together to paint their homes in Rejingtal village.

The workshop which started on September 28 and concluded on October 2 saw the entire village turn into an art gallery with walls of each and every house showcasing Saura murals. “Initially there was hesitation among the locals. However, the way the project came out, we are now flooded with requests to organize more such workshops,” said Odisha Lalit Kala Academy president Sudarsan Pattnaik.

The painting tradition has been followed by the Lanjia Saura community since the ancestral period.  “This art is done by the community to show respect and gratitude to their deities, and forefathers and also for the well-being of their village. There, however, is very little promotion of it,” he said.

The Saura paintings flaunting the images of village agriculture, hunting practices, harvesting, hills and mountains, tribal lifestyle, marriage and dance, worshipping of deities as well as biodiversity have started drawing accolades and appreciation of people from all walks of life.

(Source: The New Indian Express) 

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