About The Museum

Purvasha Folk and Tribal Art Museum is set up at ODIART Centre,Barakul,Chilika,Odisha in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Government of India and Ministry of Tourism, Government of Odisha, Odisha Tourism Development Corporation, Govt. of Odisha.The Museum is inaugurated by Sj. Naveen Patnaik ,  Honourable Chief Minister Of Odisha on 9th December 2017.

The theme of the current exhibition is "Man as Maker of the God"  curated By   Sh. Kedar Mishra.

Rules and Regulations

In order to facilitate visitors to enjoy the Museum thoroughly and to maintain exhibits well-preserved, your kind cooperation in observing the following Museum Rules would be greatly appreciated.

  • The Museum is open from Monday to Sunday - except for Tuesdays. Museum opening hours: Monday, Thursday, Friday from 10.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m., on Saturday and Sunday and Government holidays from 10.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.
  • The ticket prices for admission are those displayed at the cash desk. Taking photograph of any objects within museum gallery is prohibited.
  • Smoking is prohibited in the museum galleries. You are not permitted to bring food item or umbrellas into the museum galleries.
  • Talking on mobile phones inside the museum galleries is prohibited.
  • Kindly do not touch any of the exhibits or showcases.
  • The Museum reserves the right to immediately evict from the Museum premises any visitor exhibiting unruly behavior.
  • For reasons of conservation and safety, the number of visitors into the museum galleries is limited.
  • Visitors to the museum are liable for any costs or damage incurred through their conduct as required by law.
  • The museum accepts no responsibility for items of visitors kept inside car parked in museum or given to any attendant or watchman or deposited in the lockers or for items lost in the museum compound. It also accepts no responsibility for damage suffered by visitors during their visit to the museum.

Man as Maker of the God

A Journey through the Process of God Making

The artist is constantly engaged in a creative process to shape the divine form of the formless. He recreates God investing traditional skill, utilizing easily available materials and shaping the imagination by making diverse beautiful forms. The artist takes ordinary life as inspiration to create the extraordinary and exquisite forms of many Gods and Goddesses.

Odishan artisans basically imagine the unseen creator and nurturer of the cosmos as one among them and ideate godhood through their creative instincts. Barring very few of art genres in Odisha, all those traditional arts and crafts do shape Gods and Goddesses with their vehicles, ornaments, utensils, weapons, foot prints, apparels, abodes and luxuries with great aesthetic designs and patterns. Some of those godly shapes and objects are purely human and a few more are hyper imaginative. Look at the Devi idols, made in clay or paper or in cow dung, they exactly look like one among us, but there is a mystic aura distinctly inherent in it. One can also look at the monkey with a flaming tail from Subarnapur in terracotta, which invokes the raw and earthy power of mythical Hanuman from the Ramayana.

These art forms and repository of skillful crafts representing the life and creative spirit of common man. These are mythical characters taking shape in artistic figure, but they are not religious in nature. Most of these art objects are used in various rituals, but there remains a liberal sphere of human expression, which is not limited to any religion. These are the hidden cosmopolitan seeds in our folk and tribal life.

Purvasha Folk and Tribal Art Museum is a platform to preserve, promote and propagate the idea of Odisha with a drive to bring together diverse art forms and crafts of the country. It is not a mere exhibition ground or traditional museum; we intend to build up this institution to create the panoramic vision of Odishan art both in aesthetic and conceptual levels. We collect variety of art works from various parts of Odisha and showcase their grandeur and aesthetics for sensible appreciators of the arts.

Kedar Mishra

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