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Bhopal Arts and Culture News: Terracotta tradition of Sonepur shows the interrelation of man and animals
Bhopal (Navdunia Reporter) Bhopal Arts And Culture News:. Under the 46th step of its online exhibition series by Indira Gandhi National Human Museum, the Myth Vithi Muktakash exhibition showcases the terracotta tradition of Sonepur in Odisha. Detailed information related to this and photographs and videos have been presented online.
In this context, the director of the museum, Dr. Praveen Kumar Mishra told that Myth Vithi is a unique exhibition based on the stories and legends of different communities, where oral stories have been sculpted by the artists in their own way. These include paintings, murals, embossed carvings, terracotta and sculptures in various mediums, dimensions and forms.
Terracotta is a living tradition in many communities even today. It is deeply associated with the socio-economic and religious aspects of human life. Terracotta sculptures of Sonepur are a part of traditional practices from the past, showing the interrelations of the animal world and human society. These terracotta sculptures have been associated with festivals and rituals since ancient times.
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Sonpur is also known as Subaranpur, which is situated at the confluence of the Mahanadi and its tributary, the Tel River. The climate here and the adequate availability of soil in the river provided the favorable environment for the Aquarius to make attractive items from the soil. Various types of utensils, animal sculptures, beautiful lamps and roof tiles were made from it. Khaparel equipped with birds, monkeys and other animal figures are the specialty of Sonepur. It is also a means of entertainment for young children.
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Museum Associate P Anuradha said that a skilled potter of Sonepur was himself. Loknath Rana devoted his entire life to creating this art form. He displayed his work in many parts of the country and abroad. The simple touch of Lokanatha also gave the ordinary soil a lively appearance. His iconic art had ensured a place in the Myth Gallery exhibition. The terracotta sculptures displayed here are associated with the Purounas or Purva-Balad rituals and the Lanka Podi Jatra.
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The Purounas or Purva-Balad rituals and the worship of Lanka Podi Hanuman, the festival of Bhadrapada Amavasya or Saptapuri Amavasya, which is usually celebrated in western Odisha in the month of September. Statues of oxen made of burnt clay are worshiped during the Puranas ceremony. Since cattle are an integral part of rural life and are used in agricultural work, they express their gratitude by worshiping the bull to relieve the pain caused by the hard labor of the bull. Small vessels filled with idols and sweets are offered to Goddess Sati. After the ritual is completed the bull statues are immersed in nearby rivers or ponds. Sonepur is also known as Western Lanka and is related to the adorable goddess Lankeshwari. So they celebrate Lanka Podi Jatra to commemorate the Lanka Dahan episode of the epic Ramayana. In this jatra young boys play and race with their toy car Hanuman. A cloth dam around the tail is lit during the race by immersing it in oil.
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The idol of Kamadhenu cow is also offered in the month of Kartik for wishing. Viewers can watch it sitting at home on the human media’s Internet media platform.