Reghurajpur, or Artist's Village.
A traveler to Odisha, normally first goes to Bhubaneswar, and from there travels on to Puri or the Sun temple, and ends their journey there. Generally, mention Orissa.. and it is the sun temple that comes to a malayali's mind.. In the same way, I too wandered around Puri and Konark. But my travel wasn't that of a tourist. I was just a traveler. I could direct my bike anywhere I wanted to. Wherever I went, as far as it was possible to, I distributed notices that I was carrying with me. The notices had the message, 'Stop Child Abuse" on them. (This time, in Hindi.)
In Odisha, there were some places that I had planned to visit from the onset. (I will talk about that an other time.)
Reghurajpur is in Puri district. Along Bhuvaneswar - Puri route, 14 km before one reaches Puri, there is a small place called Chandanpur. One will find the place only if one searches for it by name.
|A social map of Reghurajpur village. A contribution from an artist who lives there.|
|The painting here depicts different scenes from the Bhagawat Gita|
|Reghurajpur. The front face of a house there.|
A small complete village made up of mural paintings. Each different.
Even as I had passed the arch and got in, many people had come running forward.
Saying that I would see them later, I told them that I would talk to them in detail after a round of the village on the bullet.
Then, from the group of young men that had greeted me first, one person came near and said he would show me the place in detail. He kept his word and did exactly that. He took me to each house there.
|This, is the creative place of the young man above.|
|This is how it looks from inside. |
And, the person at work there is his elder brother.
By the time I finished visiting all the homes there, and it was evening.. I had become familiar to all of them. Like a friendly familiar neighbor.
Even if not on a bike, , I would go there and stay with them for a couple of days. I gave my word.
Bought many paintings.. and along with Tenzing .. towards the next destination.........
More pictures below.
|A young artist occupied with her mural work..... and along with the cameraman, |
a mad man :):)
|The home of the wedding card designer.|
|The color combination, that cycle and the picture I somehow liked it very much.|
|Isn't there a beauty in even how the cycle has been placed.|
The backside of a house.
|The friend here opened up a world of paintings to me.. |
That one can never have enough of.
Various and beautiful to behold..
|This work here is special silk, dried.. and painted on with specially created colors. |
That is what they said.
And, all I know about it. If anyone has more information, please enlighten.