Raghurajpur Artist Village OverviewRanked 13 of 52 sightseeing in Puri
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- Length of visit: 1-2hrs
- Best Time: During Day
- Food available for purchase
- Bathroom facilities
- Camera/Video allowed
- Wearing of shoes/footwear allowed
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A heritage village of Odissa with its ancestral art
This October we have visited this village after gathering some knowledge from internet. It is near about 18 km from Puri. One can easily hire auto to visit this village. A small village welcomes with the Hoarding "Raghurajpur". You can find paintings and other crafts from the very beginning house of the village and it moves on and on. A local artist spontaneously came to us to guide our village tour. Under his guidance we visited three families where we surprised to find that all the family members were artists. The villagers were very welcoming. All the families living in this village are artists carrying this ancestral art in their blood. This art is known as PATACHITRA, crafted on TAL PATTA (Palm Leaves), soft board made of cotton sarees & silk, hard shell of coconut, natural glue and natural vegetable colours. The prices of the wall mattress are bit high (depends on art pieces) but when you see the labour behind the canvas you can easily justify the value. You can easily collect a souvenir from this village to encourage those artists & to have a delightful memory of this heritage village tour.
The picture on the leaf is awesome
This is my first time visit in Raghurajpur, nice place. It is popular for its handmade works and picture on leaf is just awesome. When you visit Puri you must visit only once at Raghurajpur and the price of the picture start from rs. 200 above.
Must-go for its Patachitras and tadpatris
Tiny little heritage village known for its Patachitras and tadpatris. Do look around at multiple houses before you buy anything as they quote high prices. Private transport is required.
The artist's village
I have been to Puri several times before. But this time I planned beforehand to visit this unique village, where locals are engaged in artworks. I have found their traditional paintings on areca nut, coconut, tasar etc, very attractive and praiseworthy. Apart from these, they also make wooden idols, sculptures and different showpieces, made of paper pulp. I recommend this place for heritage lovers and also for shopping maniacs.
Beware of fake Raghurajpur
Beware of fake Raghurajpur, there are many car or auto drivers in Puri who will drop you to a place near Raghurajpur where you will see some artist doing there art for which Raghurajpur is famous for and there is only few huts. Drivers or guides will tell you this is the Raghurajpur, but its fake. In real Raghurajpur there is a old temple and it's only little far.
Poor living conditions of the artists
The village is 15 km away from city. Taxis are availble for Rs.500. AC. At the entrance there is another village and those villagers thong you to visit their house. Raghurajpur village is 300 metres from the road.You can walk after parking car and visit houses.They don't take credit card. But they offer to take you on bike to nearby ATM to get money. Smaller the painting on palm leaf or patta chitra, higher is the price. More intricate the designs, costlier. There are painting on palm leaf with a layer of circular painting. If you open the top semicircle you will find animals painted meant for children. Adults can find kamasuthra behind the lower half! The artisans know some amount of Hindi and English. No need to take any local person for bargaining.
Check out Odisha art!
Check this out: this is really good.You get a detailed insight into:- How art is pursued - How are the artifacts made- How the artists are paid so poorly for the beautiful art they make.- The sorry state of affairs and gross negligence towards them by the government.* Do purchase Patta Chitra and other artifacts,* Bargain* Support them by speaking to them courteously even if you're not purchasing.
Artists poor living conditions.
Though the artists live in very poor condition, they treated us royally. There was a power cut, and one artist took a big hand fan and started fanning us. Another one was making a bench for us to sit.They themselves were sitting on a very uncomfortable mat and a small desk for hours together to complete a painting of intricate design.
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