Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik rewarded Rs 10,000 to each family that took part in the 9-day-long art workshop-‘Saptaranga’ held at the world heritage village-Raghurajpur in Puri district.
The Chief Minister made the announcement while participating as the chief guest in the valedictory function of the art workshop through video conferencing said an official press release.
The art workshop was organised by the Department of Odia Language, Literature & Culture and Lalit Kala Akademi from June 8 to provide assistance during the Covid pandemic to the villagers of Raghurajpur who are earning their livelihood through art.
All families of the village, 150 in number took part in the workshop. Each family had done a mural on 50 square feet area of the outer wall of their houses with traditional paintings.
The reward of Rs 10,000 to each family announced by the Chief Minister was in recognition of their artwork.
“Raghurajpur is the pride of Odisha. Pattachitras created by the artists of this village have brought glory to Odisha. Raghurajpur is also the birthplace of the eminent Odissi dance guru Kelucharan Mahapatra,” said Patnaik speaking on the occasion.
Patnaik recollected his visit to the village while on the way to Puri.
“I walked through the village. The outer wall of every house in the village had a mural. I was stunned. It appeared to me like an art gallery,” said Patnaik.
The Chief Minister praised the manner in which the people of the village had organised Gotipua dance at the village pandal during his visit.
He said he can never forget the love showered by the people of Raghurajpur on him on that day of his visit to the village.
It will remain as an unforgettable memory for him, he added.
The Chief Minister pointed out that after Mahaprabhu Jagannath, Odisha’s art is its other identity. The government is always working for its preservation and development and shall continue to do so.
Patnaik expressed his happiness over the fact that the Saptaranga art workshop on murals has been fully documented.
He hoped that the documentation would promote the art through You Tube and attract more tourists as well.
The programme which was organised through Zoom was attended by Odia Language, Literature and Culture and Tourism Minister Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi, Departmental Secretary Bishnupada Sethi, president of Odisha Lalit Kala Akademi Sudarshan Patnaik, Director Culture Ranjan Das, Puri Collector Samarth Verma and Raghurajpur Village Committee president Lingaraj Subuddhi.