The captivating art of the "Saura", is a folk heritage gifted to us by the Saura tribe of the state of Odisha in India. The paintings are in the form of wall murals which are ancient and are mentioned in the epic texts of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The Saura tribe holds its customs and rituals through the fine depiction of their religious ceremonies, their history, philosophy and religious practices in their intricate paintings.The art is called Italons or Ikons (or Ekons) because they are dedicated to Idital (also Edital) the main deity of the Sauras.
WARLI - The famous tribal artform with geometric and repetitive patterns originated in Maharashtra is the particular tribal painting which is simply popular and recognized among the common public and of course the art enthusiast. Warli paintings are the finest examples of Indian folk style of paintings. This style particularly flourished in Sahyadri range around 10th century A.D. This art form revolves around the everyday life of the Warli (Varli) tribes.