2nd Raghurajpur International Art & Craft Exchage, 2012 has organised from 13th October 2012 to 19th November 2012. Artist all over the world attended one of the biggest art & craft journey for 32 days at the land of art i.e. Odisha. The Governor of Odisha participated in the workshop Y Cultural function.
The idea for Raghurajpur International Art & Craft Exchange (RIACE) was conceived by Kshitish ch. Das and Carol Hummel I 2010 while visiting the Heritage village of Raghurajpur.
The large no of skilled craft people living and working in this village and Mr. Das came up with the idea of having local artisans teach their skills to contemporary artists from other parts of the world. And in exchange, have the international artists share their ideas about contemporary art with villagers. Who can incorporate these ideas into their traditional Art. Thus RIACE was born in 2010.
The RIACE is an opportunity for contemporary/conceptual artists to exchange ideas and skills with the traditional crafts people of Odisha, India. During the 5 week exchange artist from around the world will have the opportunity to study with master craftsmen and learn traditional skills such as palm leaf carving, stone and wood carving, Pata Chitra and Tasar Painting Paper, Mask Making, Cow Dung Toy Making, Gajapa Playing card making, as well as Gotipua Dance, Odissi, Naga, Durga, Horse and Fire Dace.
Photo: Ranjan Ganguly, Puri