by Nayak Handicrafts
Nayak & his son Sridhar Nayak
Village Raghurajpur, P.O. Chandanpur, Orissa - 752012
September 2009 - last update March 2012
is a traditional art of Orissa associated with the temples, which has been
practised for generations by the local artists. Traditional methods
are used to prepare the background and locally made stone colours are applied
on the base with very fine outlines. The result is an exquisite creation
which is very colourful yet very delicate. The artists also work
on palm leaf etchings. Fine scoringis done on the prepared palm leaf
and black colour is applied on the leaf. The excess is wiped off.
The black colour settles only in the grooves resulting in an art piece
of wonder. Very fine figures and borders are created. Figures
of Ganesha, Krishna, Rama, Dasavataram, stories from the epics, birds,
animals are the usual motifs. All the artists follow a the same style
and form with only very minor personal creativity. They bring in
modernity only in the end use of the art objects. of great popular
demand is the bookmarks and small wall panels which are sold at very affordable
prices. The artists have tried their hand at painting on copra (hardened
dry coconut), betel nuts and beer bottles. An artist has to undergo
rigrous training for atleast 10 years before he becomes a professional.
Gangadhar Nayak's family have been practising this art for generations.