This village Puri district of Odisha is a village of Craftsman’s. Raghurajpur is not only famous for Gotipua dance but for more than a dozen art forms like Pata Chitra, wood and stone carving and palm leaf painting, which are nurtured here. There are about 120 houses in the village and every house is an art workshop. The village has produced several skilled artisans who take pride in passing on the nuances of their art form to future generations.
The villagers give their entire life to this wooden craft. This is their only source of passion and joy.
According to a villager who is a Pattachitra artist – “This art is our identity, it’s our Lord Jagannath culture. No matter how difficult it is for us to keep this alive, we simply cannot leave our art which has given us our identity,”.
Every year, hundreds of tourists come to this heritage craft village. Perhaps nowhere else in the world one would find a congregation of so many art forms at a single village. The credit to keep the art alive goes to the 300 odd artisans of this village, who in spite of all hardship uphold the rich tradition.
Raghurajpur : The Craftman’s Village
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