Puri: Artisans of Raghurajpur village are preparing to welcome tourists after the Covid crisis ends in style. They are painting murals on the walls of their houses which has beautified the crafts village and is already giving it a facelift.
Amid the lockdown triggered by Covid-19, this activity is helping to keep the spirits of the artists alive. For every mural painting, each family will receive Rs 10,000. Everyone in the family, starting from children to womenfolk and the elderly masters are involved in painting the exteriors of their houses, said Sudarshan Pattnaik, Sand Artist and president of the Lalit Kala Akademi’s Odisha chapter.
“Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had instructed that during this lockdown period we should ensure that our artisans and craftsmen keep themselves engaged. The initiative has been started by Odisha’s Department of Language, Literature and Culture, in association with the Odisha Lalit Kala Akademi. Odisha Mining Corporation has extended assistance for this initiative,” added Pattnaik.
Due to the lockdown in 2020 and the one in 2021, no tourists came to the village for buying paintings and other artworks. Raghurajpur would welcome tourists with a new look and attractive murals, the locals said.