PAINTINGS OF INDIA -SAURA PAINTINGS
The Saura painting is a traditional folk painting made by the “Saura” tribe of Orissa. The theme of this folk painting has been drawn from their everyday life, showing several rows of human forms engaged in daily or ceremonial activities. The Saura paintings were traditionally made to mark special events such as birth of a child, a good harvest, marriage and other occasions.
The people of the Saura arts traditionally drew ritualistic pictographs on the inside walls of their mud houses called ‘italons’. These art pictographs were made for various reasons like avoid the disease, preserve crops, honor the dead of the tribe. By this time, the Saura artists had started using hand made paper and cloth for making these paintings.
The Saura painting are done on the inside of the walls which is due to the religious beliefs of the people. They use natural colors mainly black and white and a bamboo brush is used to paint.