Odisha is a land endowed with the wealth of temples, beaches and marvellous architecture. Make sure you do not miss the glorious past of various classical folk paintings which indeed provide a base of identity to the state of Odisha. You will also be anonymously dragged to explore this beautiful land and be part of the cultural extravaganza of this state. Here, the Olive Ridley turtle may call you to visit them or the awe of beaches might attract you to sit close to them; simply to interact with them for hours. Also if you have an eye for arts and crafts then odisha has ample to make you explore.
The temptation to know this state profoundly will proclive you to uncover the “cultural sheet” of Odisha, which is the handwoven textiles of orissa. It supports a vibrant cottage industry and is famous for its silk Ikat weaving. The process of making is named as Bandha. A striking range of tassar silks are found in Sambalpur, Berhampur, and Mayurbhanj districts .If you want to try and experience its ethnic wear then make sure you do not miss on the Berhampuri patha (heavy silk saree) and jotai ikat (heavy silk saree) with rows of stylized trees and temple shrines on the border.
Western orissa will keep you glued to the art of paints and vibrant colours. The famous Patta Chitras reflecting legends from Lord Krishna’s life, the Ravana chhata rock paintings in Sitaburji will help you appreciate this local art from and make you familiar with the epics at the same time. For more, have a look at the paintings at Vikramkhol in Jharsuguda and Maninmada and Ushakothi in Sundergarh. Be it the sand scripture or the art of thin wire drawn from beaten silver, the arts of Odisha will not stop surprising you.
The attraction for tribal paintings is massive here.Their religious beliefs are portrayed in the ethnic paintings like the Idital painting of the Saora tribe dealing with the concept of the retribution, punishment, and reward.The geometric paintings of Konds and wall paintings of the Paudi Bhuryan tribe will reflect about agriculture and juang tribe paintings will speak about the birds,animals and flowers.
Come experience the fluent dance form of Odissi; one of the six acknowledged dance forms of India. Odissi has its origins in religion and philosophy and was encouraged by the kings who ruled Odisha. The Hathi Gumpa inscription which talks about the king kharvela and his love for dance .Odissi will keep you engrossed with its torsal dance movement. Body positions in this dance imitate Lord Jagannath’s body position. Your spirit will certainly get elated by seeing folk dances like Chhau and Sambalpuri. An equally interesting sight is watching tribals to show their traditional moves during Ghumuran and Parya.
Of course you should not return before having seen some of its temples. Odisha’s architecture is partly defined by these temples. Konark houses a colossal temple dedicated to the Sun God. Shri Jagannath temple is considered an important pilgrimage site in hinduism. .Devika temple would be a sight, what with being surrounded by great waterfalls and thick forests.
Last but not the least your journey will not be complete until you meet the Sauras, Bondas and Khonds of Odisha and see their horn work, stone carving, and sand sculptures .You are allowed to visit their weekly bazaars. But remember to roll your camera just on friday markets of tribals.This is the only day you can enjoy the liberty to take pictures of the tribals and bazaars.Visiting them will definitely bring you closer to the world of aboriginal Odisha.
Having taken a tour to the interiors of Orissa, where the tribes cling to their age-old traditions, and live in harmony with their environment, meeting their soulful culture of traditional tranquility and capturing the gravity of historical insight, You will certainly leave a piece of your “culture inquisitive” heart here and will run back soon for another visit to this place to take your heart back. But let me assure you Odisha will keep calling you back for many more curious years to come.