Raghurajpur in Orissa is a village of artists

In Orissa’s Raghurajpur everyone is an artist. Every artist depicts facets of the, virtually limitless, tales and legends associated with Puri’s Lord Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra. In fact, the entire village is an evolving gallery of folk-art.

A technique that was, probably, developed in our southern states to preserve scriptural texts had been converted, by the artists of Raghurajpur, into an imperishable art form.

Jai Dev Maharana crafted sets of the world’s first playing cards. They were circular and came in packs of 144. One from his family was a painter and had created a large panel of the Rath Yatra procession of Lord Jagannath.

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