Sajja means decoration and adornment. Gotipuas enhance themselves with chitra (painting) on their body, highlight their eyes with black kajal. Some perform Odissi dance by wearing tahiya (head gear). Such is the beauty of culture that people in villages where every pratha live like satiya (truth) is believed and performed by connoisseurs.
On the day of Sahiyatra gotipuas in dandashi take the form of Goddess Durga, ritually decorate their feet lined with Alta (red liquid) wear a sari and hand and face mask made of paper mache. After transforming into the revered Goddess Shakti dances in anger.
Dandasai of Chandanpu in Puri district is the shrine where various chitrakars reside. Dandasai village walls d...
CRAFTS, culture, pattachitra, performance, story telling