Maybe treasure can solely be discovered by those that search — that is extra true for a professor from Odisha’s Nuapada district who’s diving deep into the misplaced sea of the area’s conventional artwork kinds. He has his personal YouTube channel, Matir Kala, the place he paperwork the artwork, the artist and the magic in between, creating a web based repository that can be utilized for reference by future generations.
Rajat Kumar Panigrahi’s quest for the dying artwork and crafts of Western Odisha is neverending. Within the final 9 years, he has travelled to almost 1,000 villages within the state. Having an inclination in direction of the artwork and tradition of Western Odisha, 28-year-old Rajat started his documentation drive with conventional musical devices in 2012 when he was in school. His curiosity took him to the villages of Nuapada throughout weekends, he was searching for the devices that he had solely heard of up until now. And he discovered them, a number of them. At present, he works as a Professor of Zoology on the Yuvodaya School in Balangir however that hasn’t stopped his wandering ft, he nonetheless explores one new village of Western Odisha at the very least twice per week.
“These devices had been utilized in social and cultural occasions however individuals who performed them had given up on the vocation as a result of it didn’t assist them make ends meet. I attempted serving to them by on the lookout for potential consumers for the musical devices and bought many artwork fanatics to obtain them”, he recalled.
Inspired by the response, Rajat determined to discover Kalahandi, Balangir and Sonepur to find uncommon artwork kinds and artefacts. Over time, he got here throughout varied performing artwork kinds and picked up previous wooden carvings from Kalahandi, bamboo crafts from Nuapada moreover, conventional devices, handicrafts and terracotta items from different components of the area. Rajat began Matir Kala in 2017 with the assistance of his cousin Satya Panigrahi. His buddy Ganesh Pradhan assists him with recording and enhancing the video the place he interviews artists and showcases varied artwork kinds and handicrafts.
A few of his main documentation embrace people tradition of Chuktia Bhunjia tribe of Nuapada, Debguru people custom of Balangir, people instrument makers of Nuapada, Sonepur and Balangir; Dalkhai people custom of Bargarh; people traditions of Dongria Kandha in Kalahandi; Dhunkel instrument, Kisan people dance in Sambalpur, Sarangi and Ghudka people devices in Balangir, Kahalandi’s Ghumra dance, Chhatar Jatra of Bijaygarh (Raj Komna) in Naupada, Bargarh Ikat and puppet dance of Nuapada.
Rajat’s YouTube movies are being utilized by college students for analysis and he’s quickly planning to launch a lecture sequence on varied matters associated to artwork and tradition. Apart from, he’s creating a museum at his dwelling to showcase conventional musical devices, lots of that are uncommon to search out as we speak.