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UploadedFebruary 12, 2011
TakenOctober 30, 2010
MakeSony
ModelDSC-H10
Exposure1/40 sec at f/3.5
FlashFlash, Auto-Mode, Return light detected
Focal Length6.3 mm
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The folk art of Orissa is bound up with its social and religious activities. In the month of Margasira (December), women folk worship the goddess Lakshmi (Wealth God). It is the harvest season when grain is thrashed and stored. Throughout the year, the village women perform several rituals for the fulfillment of their desires.

For each occasion a specific motif is drawn on the floor or on the wall. Muruja is drawn on the floor with powders of different hues. White powder is obtained from the grinding of stones, green powder is obtained from dry leaves, black from burnt coconut shells, yellow from the petals of marigold flowers or turmeric, and red from red clay or bricks. Muruja is generally used during rituals in the forms of mandalas.

In the holy month of Kartik (November) women observe penance and draw muruja designs near the tulsi plant. Drawing of muruja designs needs a lot of skill and practice. The powder is held between the tips of the thumb and the forefinger, and allowed to fall delicately through them to form lines and patterns which are a delight to the eye testifying to the innate skill of the practitioners who are generally women.

12 responses

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (12 Feb 2011):

    Well done!! I like this collage. What is the medium?

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (12 Feb 2011):

    Don!!! please see the text!!! Its difficult to reply in one sentense!!! Thanks for showing interest!!!

  • Ioana M

    Ioana M said (12 Feb 2011):

    so colourful

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (12 Feb 2011):

    Now I understand the amount of skill and artistry involved in this technique!

  • Jüri Vissak

    Jüri Vissak gave props (12 Feb 2011):

    Very creative! Well done.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (12 Feb 2011):

    Oh wow!! Such beautiful colors!! Great entry.

  • sandeep mishra

    sandeep mishra gave props (12 Feb 2011):

    too good ..I like it!! :)

  • Dunja Kolar

    Dunja Kolar gave props (16 Feb 2011):

    great work

  • Rajeev Jadhav

    Rajeev Jadhav gave props (16 Feb 2011):

    It is Know as Rabgoli known in Maharashtra !!! Medium is color stone powder !!!! Wonderful capture !!!!!!!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (17 Feb 2011):

    Full of talent, colour and joie de vie!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (22 Feb 2011):

    F A N T A S T I Q U E n t r y !

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (18 Mar 2011):

    Beautiful creation....

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