Recognising Raghurajpur Artisans, CM Patnaik Awards Monetary Compensation
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday attended the closing ceremony of a mural art camp event through video conferencing. During the ceremony, he showered praises on the artisans of the Raghurajpur heritage crafts village in the Puri district. Recognising the crafts village as the pride and identity of Odisha, he commended the global recognition that the Pattachitra artwork of Raghurajpur artisans has brought to the state.
Earlier the Chief Minister had visited Raghurajpur while on his way to Puri and took a walk around the village. He was highly impressed with the skill and craftsmanship of the artisans. As per an official statement from the Chief Minister’s office, CM Patnaik felt that the entire village looked like an art gallery.
During the concluding ceremony, Patnaik promised to award Rs 10,000 each to 150 artisans families who had participated in the mural artwork. This camp was organised by the Odisha Lalit Kala Akademi in collaboration with the Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC).
As part of the camp, the artists were given the task of decorating their houses with mural paintings, depicting mythological stories. All 150 households in Raghurajpur have at least four artisans who are skilled in ‘Pattachitra’ and ‘Tussar’ paintings, making toys, paper mache masks, palm leaf engravings, and stone and wood carvings.
Every year, the village attracts a large tourist footfall, comprising mostly of foreigners. But due to the ongoing pandemic, there has been a drastic fall in the number of tourists. The camp aimed at bringing this art back into the limelight.