The Saura is style of wall painting associated with the Saura tribes of the state of Orissa. These sacred paintings were always painted in the darkest rooms of the house, were used by the tribal people to contact and appease the dead ancestors of the tribe. Traditionally these paintings were made to mark special events such as birth of a child, a good harvest, to avoid decease, marriage and to promote fertility etc. In recent times, the Saura artists have started using hand-made paper and cloth as a medium for their paintings. These are similar to Warli paintings, however, while the Warli painting is fluid and primitive in style, the Saura artist exerts more restraint and the style is more colorful.