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SAURA PAINTING - ORISSA

Saura tribe (also known as Sora, Sabara, Saur) of Orissa are well known for their artistic acumen. Saura paintings are one of the famous tribal arts of India. Traditionally, these ritualistic pictographs were painted on the inside walls of their mud houses called ‘italons’.  Saura paintings were made to mark events such as birth of a child, a good harvest, and marriage.This form of art is mostly found in the Rayagada, Gajapati, and Koraput districts of Orissa. Idital, the Saura deity, contains various symbols and meanings, and the Saura paintings primarily revolve around them. Their paintings are called ‘ikon’ and comprise of a set of sketches elaborately drawn on their walls.The art form reflects the everyday life of the Saura tribe. Today, the Saura artisans have started using hand-made paper and cloth as the medium for their paintings.

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