Ter­ra­cotta–an an­cient art still in de­mand

The Political and Business Daily - - ODISHA FOCUS -

CLAY is one of the ear­li­est me­dia used by man to ex­press him­self. The art of han­dling clay is one of the ear­li­est skills known to our an­ces­tors. The ori­gin of this art form can be traced way back to the Ne­olithic age, when lumps of clay were hard moulded to con­struct toys and deities.

Ter­ra­cotta ob­jects are made by hand. The pot­ters cre­ate the ba­sic form by throw­ing sep­a­rate pieces on the wheel and join­ing them .The fin­ished work is a fine piece of art. Ter­ra­cotta art has al­ways been in de­mand. Al­though ter­ra­cotta work is not so fa­mous in the sil­ver city, Man­darad­hara Rana, an ar­ti­san of Nua­gaon at Mali­pada in Bhubaneswar is well known for his artis­tic skills, said Chan­dra Sekhar Be­hera, Vice pres­i­dent of Akhila Bharat (Pra­jap­ati) Kumb­haar Ma­hasangha, Cut­tack.

An­other ter­ra­cotta arte­san–Mukunda Rana of vil­lage Ku­ni­ba­hal of Subar­na­pur has par­tic­i­pated in sev­eral skill de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes, work­shops and national level exhibitions, stated Be­hera, adding that Rana was hon­ored with the State award by State Coun­cil of Artis­tic Re­search and Train­ing, Govern­ment of Odisha in 2009.

Man­bodha Rana– a ter­ra­cotta artist from Sam­balpur dis­trict was awarded by the Govern­ment of In­dia with a cer­tifi­cate of hon­our and also fe­lic­i­tated by Orissa Gana Par­ishad in 2001.

Be­hera said that ter­ra­cotta art is prac­tised mainly in the Western parts of States in­clud­ing Sonepur, Barpali, Keon­jhar, Boudh, Bargarh and Mayurb­hanj.

He added that in Cut­tack the ma­jor de­mand is of ori­en­tal work de­pict­ing gods and god­desses dur­ing fes­tive sea­sons.

How­ever, he lamented that the State govern­ment is not tak­ing any ini­tia­tive to en­cour­age the artistes, both so­cially and eco­nom­i­cally.

“We had ap­proached the cot­tage in­dus­try of the State as well the Chief Min­is­ter three years back, but no ini­tia­tive has been taken yet”, said Be­hera.

He said that denizens of Cut­tack do not have much ac­cess to ter­ra­cotta work as com­pared to Bhubaneswar as sev­eral work­shops and exhibitions are held in the cap­i­tal city.

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