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Muruja Art

Muruja is a unique art work of Orissa, usually performed by women. It is drawn on the floor with powders of different colors. White powder is obtained from the grinding of stones, green powder is obtained from dry leaves, black from burnt coconut shells, yellow from the petals of marigold flowers or turmeric, and red from red clay or bricks.

Designs are drawn near the Tulsi plant in the holy month of Kartik (November). The powder, which is taken between the tips of the thumb and the forefinger, is permitted to fall to form lines and patterns. Women engaged in this artistic excellence need inborn talent and practice.

Updated on 24th November, 2015


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