The Raghurajpur International Art/Culture Exchange (RIA/CE) is an opportunity for contemporary, conceptual and craft artists to exchange ideas and skills with the traditional craftspeople of Orissa, India. During the 5-week exchange, artists 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, PataChitra and Tassar painting, Dhokra (metal casting), Coir (coconut straw) toy making, paper mache mask making, Ganjapa playing card making and cow dung toy making. Performing artists as well can revel in classical dance forms such as Gotipua, Odishi, and folk forms like Naga, Durga, Chaitighoda (horse) dancing and Paikaakhada (fire dancing). This vast knowledge and these traditional skills can be incorporated into an individual’s practice, producing contemporary artwork that addresses concerns with deconstructed forms of traditional craft. In exchange the international artists will share their ideas about art with the villagers, who can also benefit from this exchange and have it inform their traditional art
Artists can visit the Sun Temple Konark, Khandagiri & Udaygiri Caves, Dhauli Hill, Puri Beach and Chilika Lake, 64 Yogini Temple, Rantnagairi and Udaygiri Hills Buddhist monuments at the artist’s expense.