ORISSA, once known as utkala, means land of excellence in art, is a treasure house of exquisite handicrafts & traditional art forms, a rich legacy of ancient culture . Stone carving, applique, silver filigree work, palm leaf incised design, metal work, lacquered craftsmanship, all have acquired a unique place world wide.
A visit to the heritage village raghurajpur in puri district shades a glimpse of artforms like patachitra paintings & palm leaf engraving. patachitra are miniature paintings(chitra) made on specially treated cloth(pata). Magnificient religious pictures & texts engraved on palmleafs are worth-watching.