State of the Art

Lonely Planet Magazine India|March 2020

State of the Art
The small village of Raghurajpur in rural Odisha is a treasure trove of art and artists
Samarpan Bhowmik

THE ATTENTION TO THE MOST INTRICATE OF DETAILS IS ASTONISHING, the colours vibrant and with each stroke reflecting generations of skill. When you come across your first pata chitra, you’ll be blown away by all these different aspects of what is considered among the most popular regional art forms from across the country. Off the National Highway 316, on the way from Bhubaneswar to the temple towns of Puri and Konark lies the village of Raghurajpur in Odisha. It looks like any other village in rural India. Just about 20 to 30 tiny, concrete houses clustered together along a couple of streets. Look closer, and you’ll notice theres something slightly different.


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March 2020