Since 2010, an annual three-day festival Pot Maya has been held to celebrate the success of the local artists. Held in November every year, the festival exhibits modern paintings as well as scrolls dating back hundreds of years. At this time, the villagers paint the mud walls of their houses with colourful patachitra motifs and hang scrolls on ropes in the courtyards. They also clean up the surroundings and decorate the entire village with flowers to get ready for visitors. As there are no hotels in the village, the patuas house the visitors in their own homes and in tents.
From the year \(2010\), every year in November, a three-day festival called Pot Maya is celebrated to mark the victory of the local artists. During the festival, they exhibit paintings of art and traditional, hundred-year-old scrolls. They paint the mud houses with colourful patachitra decorative images and hang their traditional scrolls on ropes in front of their homes. They also clean up their area and decorate with flowers to welcome the visitors to the festival. Interestingly, there are no hotels in this village to accommodate the visitors. The patuas allow the visitors as guests in their own homes and tents.
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Various patachitra artworks on sale during the festival!
Meanings of difficult words:
initiativean act or strategy intended to resolve a difficulty or improve a situation
motifsa decorative image or design, especially a repeated one forming a pattern
courtyardan unroofed area that is completely or partially enclosed by walls or buildings
State Council of Educational Research and Training (2019). Term-2 English Standard-7. Naya - The Home of the Chitrakaars (pp. 126-131). Published by the Tamil Nadu Textbook and Educational Services Corporation.