The sense of tranquil that Odisha emanates besides its ebullient traditions and rituals, makes it one of the most remarkable states of the globe. But then there is no iota of doubt that this fast paced world looks a lot different than it did a decade ago. From being glued in front of LEDs to decorating houses with sophisticated decors, Odisha’s households have lost their old charm and glory. With the old tradition and rituals fading away, here are certain Odia household things that are either becoming obsolete or well, are on their way!
The cute & endearing wooden Pidhaas which was the basic furniture in every odia’s house has left its footprints in the sands of time. Even the sibling’s war was inevitable who kept on trying to claim their rights on the small and the big Pidhaas. Gone are those days. Now the sibling war goes on over the gadgets!
2) Singha Paania
Especially Grandmoms used the Singha Paania or the horn born combs to comb their long silky hair instead of the plastic ones. They took the pride in saying that using these combs makes the blood circulation more proper to their brains. Some logic though!
3) Paana Batua
How can we miss on the Paana Batua or Betel Box which was most dear to our Grandparents? Indeed it was a box of magic which they opened to crack in the betel nuts and served themselves betel. Well sadly our parents & we obviously don’t have this magic box anymore!
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4) Taala Patra Chitra
One of the most ancient crafts of the world, Taala Patra Chitra or the Palm Leaf Etchings originated when communication began. The ethnic art form essentially consisting of inscribing letters & artistic designs on palm-leaf is used to a minimum only in certain places. Hardly can we find these paintings in any household which used to give us a narration of religious tales or folk legends.
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5) Coir Craft
The lightweight, yellow coloured coir fibres moulded into animals, birds or decorative items were once upon a time found in the shelves of house of Odia people. But these are now replaced with fancy glass decors and we hardly get any glimpse of it.
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6) Jhoti Chita
The Jhoti Chita which is considered auspicious till date was initially drawn by hand on the concrete floors and walls of Odia’s household. Perhaps as of now, this practice has lessened with hand drawings being replaced with Jhoti Chita stickers.
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7) Shila Puaa
Coming a long way from the Stone Age, Shila Puaa or the stone grinder with roller was an essential appendage in every odia’s kitchen. Blending the masalas manually on it made an unusual sound but the taste that came out was enough to satiate one’s taste buds. As corny as it sounds, hardly anyone has time from their hectic schedule to grind masalas on Shila Puaa these days!
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8) Papier Mache
Vibrantly coloured and intricately hand painted by artisans from Odisha, the masks added a vibrant addition to any living room wall. But these wall hangings have lost their glory and are replaced by sophisticated painting. After all we are modernized!!
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9) Brass Utensils
Traditionally be it water or food, everything was served in brass utensils. Known as Kansa Basan in Odia, these utensils were considered to have properties which were greatly beneficial to health. But this decade we say hello to the exquisite utensils of glass & fibre plastic while the brass utensils has become just a relic of times bygone!
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Definitely this is not the end and the list will still continue. Well absolutely there is no harm in changing and getting updated with the new decade. But a splash of traditional elements with the modern twist will not harm either!