Raghurajpur

Arts & Crafts

Raghurajpur

Mythology Retold Through Skillful Strokes of Paint Brush

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The heritage crafts village of Raghurajpur is Odisha’s best known for its Pattachitra art. The art form is used to decorate none other the Lord of the Universe- Lord Jagannath and his siblings. The attachment with the holy trinity elevated the art form helped it gain prominence. Steeped in ...

The heritage crafts village of Raghurajpur is Odisha’s best known for its Pattachitra art. The art form is used to decorate none other the Lord of the Universe- Lord Jagannath and his siblings. The attachment with the holy trinity elevated the art form helped it gain prominence.

Steeped in ancient culture, portraying scenes from epicswith vibrant colours, superb craftsmanship,

simplicity in design, the Pattachitra has captured the imaginationof artists and art lovers alike. The term Pattachitrameans Vastra (Cloth) and Chitra means paintings. So Pattachitra is essentially a painting on a piece of cloth.

 

Located approximately 12 KM from Puri, RaghurajpurIs a quaint village where 120 odd homes are neatly lined up facing each other in two rows. Every house has an artist engaged in the trade making it perhaps the only place in India where one can find such a large congregation of artists.

 

The popular forms of Pattachitra are the paintings on cloth depicting scenes from mythology and epics, the tassar cloth Pattachitra are also quite popular, the Pattachitra etched on dried palm leaves are picked up by tourists as souvenirs, so also the paper mache masks, paintings on coconut and betel nut . Apart from these, artists also engage in making toys out of stone and wood and painting them.

 

However things were not always as smooth for the Pattachitra artist also known as Chitrakar’s. During the 1940’s the artisans were under severe stress due to a sharp dip in their income. During that time in stepped an American Lady Ms. Helena Zealy, enamoured by the beauty of the Pattachitra, she literally took it upon herself to revive the art. She held Pattachitra exhibitions in America and invited connoisseurs of art to examine these mystical paintings from the land of Lord Jagannath. Soon artists were sending Pattachitra shipments to America and getting the much desired income to sustain themselves. In trying to save the art form Ms. Helena Zealy also internationalized Pattachitra and established the art form across the seven seas.

 

Raghurajpur also happens to birthplace of the doyen of Odissi Dance Guru KelucharanMohapatra and the village is also known for the Gotipua dance (a precursor to Odissi). It’s a dance performed by young boys dressed as feminine dancers and involves acrobatic postures.

 

The villagers are welcome tourist, so strike a conversation with them to know more about the art form and its history.

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RAGHURAJPUR

The heritage crafts village is located 14 KM from Puri, along the banks of the river Bhargavi. Tourists can take the Bhubaneswar road along the NH 203 near Chandanpur. Upon reaching Chandanpur bazar, take a right turn to Raghurajpur. The heritage crafts village is located at a distance of 1.5km from Chandanpur. One should also visit Daanda Sahi which is on the left side of the Chandanpur ...
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Panthanivas Puri

Panthanivas Puri

Panthanivas Puri, at/po-Konark, Puri- 752111

: 9437203777 , 06752222562

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Proximity

59 Km. Distance from Airport

1 Km. Distance from Railway Station

0 Km. Distance from Bus Stop

Yatranivas Konark

Yatranivas Konark

Yatranivas Konark, at/po-konark, Puri- 752111

: 8895578776 , 06758236820

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Proximity

62 Km. Distance from Airport

35 Km. Distance from Railway Station

0 Km. Distance from Bus Stop

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Nuanai Nature Camp (Puri)

  • Nature camp Nuanai

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  • Double Bedded 
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Chilika Nature Camp

  • Berhampura (Satpada)
  • Mangalajodi Nature Camp
  • Rajhans Nature Camp

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  • comfort room
  • standard room
Hotel Shakti International

Hotel Shakti International

VIP Road, Puri

: 7077704388 , 06752222388

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Proximity

55 Km. Distance from Airport

1 Km. Distance from Railway Station

0 Km. Distance from Bus Stop

Hotel May Fair Beach Resort

Hotel May Fair Beach Resort

C.T. Road, Puri

: 9237500101 , 06752227800

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Proximity

55 Km. Distance from Airport

2 Km. Distance from Railway Station

1 Km. Distance from Bus Stop

Fort Mahodadhi

Fort Mahodadhi

Mahodadhi Palace, Sea Beach Road, Near Swargadwar, Puri - 752001

: 9090093414 , 06752220444

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70 Km. Distance from Airport

5 Km. Distance from Railway Station

1 Km. Distance from Bus Stop

Kila Dalijoda Palace

Kila Dalijoda Palace

At – Jyoti Niketan ( Rajbati) PO & Village – Mangarajpur, via Choudwar Dist - CUTTACK – 754028, Odisha.

: 9438667086

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60 Km. Distance from Airport

50 Km. Distance from Railway Station

5 Km. Distance from Bus Stop

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