Once the tourism sector in Odisha revives after the Covid pandemic, a visual treat would greet the tourists when they step into Raghurajpur, the heritage village of Puri. Amidst a raging pandemic that has drawn curtains on the livelihood of the artists, Odisha Lalit Kala Akademi in collaboration with the state culture department came up with an innovative idea and organised a traditional Mural camp (pattachitra) at Raghurajpur from June 9 to 13, 2021. Families of as many as 150 artisans participated in this camp by painting the walls and the front portion of their own houses. The Akademi will provide Rs 10,000 remuneration to each family while five best works would receive awards, informed Akademi president and acclaimed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik.
The walls in Raghurajpur village turn into a canvas for a unique competition amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
An artist in Raghurajpur painting the outer wall of his house with a mythological theme.
A woman along with her child is busy painting her walls to give a complete makeover to the village.
Veteran artists in Raghurajpur are set to welcome tourists with murals once the pandemic subsides.
Artists paint their house with mythological themes to promote the rich culture of Odisha.
A complete makeover of Raghurajpur village is underway.
Each of the families would receive a remuneration of Rs 10,000. Five best works would be selected for awards.