Odia craftsmen showcase their terracotta products in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: Clay has come to life at the Exhibition Ground in the city. At the ongoing Mrutikka exhibition of terracotta sculptures, seasoned craftsmen have displayed their expertise with clay crafts.

Terracotta artisans from all over Odisha are taking part in the week-long exhibition. They have brought many new kind of products which are not generally available in the market round the year. Around 80 stalls have been put up for 170 artisans from more than 20 districts of the state. Products from Balasore, Balangir, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Sambalpur, Sonepur, Bargarh and Khurda are attracting the visitors.

Statues of Buddha, different kind of masks, idols of Gods and Goddesses and other attractive decorative items have a great demand among visitors. The artisans coming from interior parts of the state are very happy to get a platform like this in the state capital.

“We have value added terracotta products in our stall. We sell products at our stall only after colouring it and giving it a finishing touch,” said Shivani Priyadarshini Sahoo, artisan from Koraput.

Visitors are keen to buy the terracotta products to decorate their homes. They are also taking interest in the special Diyas with an artistic touch available here just before Diwali.

“I like terracotta because it is so close to the nature. I got Puja items from this fair and I like to decorate my home with colourful natural decorative items,” said Pragyan Priyadarshini, a visitor.

This annual fair is organised by Directorate of Handicrafts & Cottage Industries to provide a proper channel to the craftsmen for better marketing of their products and also make people aware of these beautiful crafts. Mruttika started on October 11 and will continue till October 17.

Speaking to odishatv.in, Sanatan Nayak, Special officer of the Directorate said, “Like every year we are getting very good response from the buyers this time as well. Through this event we always try to encourage the terracotta artisans of our state and promote this particular craft. Every year this event is organized around Diwali targeting the requirement of Diyas before the festival.”