Utkala was the name of the present day eastern India state of Odisha (Orissa) along with parts of several neighbouring states.
Utkala – a powerful land in India that had transformed the Emperor Ashoka from Chandashok (evil Ashok) to Dharmashok (peaceful Ashok).
Utkalamrita is a new brand that’s launched by two daughters of Odisha.
Utkalamrita is a combination of two significant words- Utkala & Amrita.
Odisha is the centre of culture, arts and crafts. Some the most crowded fairs of Eastern India are held here. The 10th Toshali National Crafts Fair is now on at Bhubaneswar’s sprawling Janata Maidan.
Entrance to the gigantic National Fair!
‘Terracotta’ means burnt clay. It is also called ‘Mruttika’ in Odia. These crafts are earthy, strong and extremely attractive when painted. Many different items are made from clay by talented Odisha craftsmen such as diyas (small lamps), cute lanterns, earrings, necklaces, masks, vases, utilities like coffee cups, glasses, chulhas or clay cookstoves, incense stick stands, showpieces of just about anything (human figures, animals, plants, Lords’ statues, monuments, even Angry Birds!! Sky is the limit of imagination!)
Burnt clay or Terracotta Angry Birds made by creative Odisha craftsmen!
Recently, a Mruttika Fair was held in Bhubaneswar before the Festival of Lights- Diwali. The variety of creative and brilliant terracotta crafts are simply to be seen to be believed:
Clay Piggy Banks in coconut form!
Odisha is the land of stunning stone sculptures. Stone craftsmen here have carved awesome sculptures since time immemorial. This is seen in the glorious Kalingan architecture of our temples, superb Buddhist heritage sites and also as individual sculptures which are revered around the world.
The famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of Konark Sun Temple is called ‘Poetry in Stone’. No doubt.
Konark Sun Temple – the Black Pagoda!
Magnificent Konark Sun Temple is also the backdrop of the famous Konark Dance Festival, held from Dec 1st-5th each year!
‘Patta’ means specially made canvas (from old cotton sarees/cloth, tamarind paste as glue etc.) and ‘chitra’ means painting. Pattachitra has been practised since over thousand years in Odisha, India.
Stunning Pattachitra showing Radha Krishna in dancing pose!
Proud to say that our company Sabat Exports Private Limited – the owner of brand ‘Utkalamrita‘, headed by its two wonderful directors, have completed successful participation in two international fairs at Singapore, within a span of just a month!
Our stall E07 at Siisfest 2015, decorated with brilliant #Odisha #handicrafts! Our Director is a proud Odisha Ambassador as she sports a gorgeous, bright yellow Odisha Pasapalli Silk Saree!
These fairs were Singapore International Indian Shopping Festival or Siisfest (24-27 Sept 2015) and Salaam India Exhibition (15-18 Oct 2015). Read more about the participation here and here respectively.
Our Director at Salaam India Exhibition! She also looks a true representative of #Odisha by proudly sporting a silk-cotton temple pattern handwoven Ikat stole!
Extremely special during Siisfest was being the only products stall from among more than 200 exhibitors to be featured in a Tamil newspaper!
The Tamil newspaper reporter asking our Director about various products of culture-rich Odisha state!
The Tamil newspaper article!
Singapore is a queen among cities. Our two Queens felt absolutely delighted at Singapore visiting this friendly, stunning city for the first time! Looking forward to doing more business at Singapore!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any of our amazing #Odisha handicrafts, arts, silks and jewellery!
*Linking to ABC Wednesday (Letter Q- Queenly, Queens)
Ganesh Puja or Ganesh Chaturthi is coming up on 17 September 2015. Being the Remover of Obstacles, this Elephant-headed Lord is much revered, loved and adored around the world!
Ganesha gifts are widely exchanged on the occasion. What gifts are better than cute Ganesha fridge magnets, jovial Ganesha wall hangings and exquisite silver filigree Ganeshas?!
Indian spices are much demanded the world over, not just for their quality, flavour and aroma but also for (much of) their organic origin. Trade history of the world says that India has been the greatest exporter of spices, silks, fine textiles, gems, arts since the ancient times.
In Odisha state of eastern India especially, Kandhamal district has been declared an AEZ (Agricultural Export Zone) due to the fine quality organic spices like turmeric, ginger, arrowroot, mustard, tamarind etc. produced here which are much demanded worldwide. Tribals have traditionally used organic farming techniques on Kandhamal’s fertile hill slopes to produce the finest quality spices.
The culture-rich eastern state of India called Odisha, is the Paradise for Handicrafts. Even a glimpse into her various crafts brings happiness and makes the heart swell with pride.
Famous Silver filigree of Odisha!
Raksha Bandhan is an occasion to celebrate the bond of love between siblings. Sisters tie rakhis or colorful bands on their brothers’ hands seeking life-long protection by their brothers. Brothers bless them and give nice gifts to their beloved sisters! Tasty sweets and eatables are made on the occasion in most households to celebrate this festival.
Guess which are those fishes you can see and feel elated, but cannot eat them?! They do not give the ‘fishy’ smell too!
Those would be special hand-crafted fishes from Odisha – the exquisite silver filigree fish danglers and the glossy brass fish!