Saturday, December 18, 2010

VERMILION VERSES a Solo show by Baladev Maharatha at India Habitat Centre New Delhi

VERMILION VERSES a Solo show by Baladev Maharatha , It will exhibit Indian classical Art like wash paintings, tempora and acrylics on canvases at India Habitat Centre New Delhi
Venue: Open Palm Court Gallery Dates: 22nd - 26th Dec. 2010
Art works showing women, birds,flowers trees & mountains captured in intricate detail have been a beautiful reminder of Indian rich traditions of loving the Nature.That’s the beauty part of it, and what also keeps alive the business of looking, the flip side of this business being how money and fame can sometimes make dreamers or opportunists out of even the most scrupulous experts & institutions...
With the mediaval poetics, nature plays a pivotal role. The women are described with the imagery from the nature. The narratives are so lively that the painter finds it quite feasible to transform it to visual medium.Be it the God or Human beings all decline before love for its state of eagerness and belongingness. Baladev stepped into the particular avenue by vividly osmotising the finer elements of imagery, iconography and form and the essence would provide him to paint the woman, the Nayika in so called poetics....
Show will be innaugurated by Ms Sangeeta Bahadur, Deputy Director General, ICCR on 22nd December 2010 at 5.00 P.M.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Torquish Blue's article published in Vijaya Mag written by Ramakanta Samantaray

You left a heartache no one can heal, You left a memory no one can steal.You will always be in my heart.........Sarthak(Babani) his only son.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Senior painter and Orissa Lalit Kala Akademi Secretary Byomakesh Mohanty passed away at his home town of Cuttack on Monday

BHUBANESWAR: Senior painter and Orissa Lalit Kala Akademi Secretary Byomakesh Mohanty passed away at his home town of Cuttack on Monday afternoon following a massive heart attack. He was 53 and is survived by a son and his wife.

Family sources said that he was fine and talking on his cell phone while suddenly he complained of chest pain and fell down on the floor. The doctor, who was called in, declared him dead.

Mohanty, who studied art in Benaras Hindu University, served as a faculty member at Government College of Art and Craft, Khallikote and was the Head of the Department of Painting at the B.K.College of Art and Craft here before being appointed as the Akademi's secretary this year.

SOURCE: The Hindu

Monday, May 31, 2010

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik promised reintroduction of art teacher posts

BHUBANESWAR: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has assured the All-Odisha art and craft students' association ( Nikhil Utkal Charu O Karukala Chhatra Sangha) to reintroduce the post of art teachers in the State-run schools.

A delegation of the newly formed association - that is spearheading a state-wide agitation demanding employment opportunities for art graduates – met the Chief Minister recently at his residence to apprise him of the need for his intervention in the matter.

The association leaders – president Harihar Behera, vice-president Mousumi Mishra, secretary Satyaprakash Bal and treasurer Arun Kumar Pallur – told the Chief Minister that the state government has abolished the appointment of art teachers 24 years ago causing irreparable damage to art education.

They further said lack of employment opportunities had left hundreds of young artists graduating from various art and craft colleges of the State jobless.

“The CM was quite cordial and listened to us with patience. He also assured us that he would look into the matter and see to it that the grievances are settled soon”, said painter Mousumi Mishra who presented the CM a painting of Buddha on behalf of the association during the meeting.

Boost for artists

Panda, the journalist-turned-legislator who was instrumental in arranging the meeting of the delegation, said that the CM was aware of the plight of the aspiring and unemployed painters through extensive media coverage of the artists' demonstrations and demands being staged in the capital.

“He has already directed the government to find a way out to help the artists' community. The Departments of Culture, Education and Finance would have a tripartite meeting soon to find out the solution,” he said.

SOURCE: The Hindu

Monday, March 22, 2010

How to apply for Orissa State Lalit Kala Academi Award!!!

• What is Orissa State Lalit Kala Academi Award?
Every year Orissa State Government organizes “Orissa Lalit Academi Art Exhibition”. The basic objective of the State Level Art Exhibition is to provide a common platform to the artists of Orissa to prove their creative excellence and to facilitate interaction of the public with the contemporary art movement. The main attraction of this exhibition is that it ends with Award Giving Ceremony to the best Exhibitor. This award is called “Orissa State Lalit Kala Akademi Award”.
• Concerned Department
Department of Culture, Government of Orissa
• Category of Awards
There will be 8 (eight) Awards for the most outstanding exhibits in 4 categories i.e. Painting, Sculpture, Graphic Art and Traditional Art. The Judging Committee may recommend for less than 8 awards if, number of outstanding exhibits are not available.
• Amount of Prize Money
Each award carries cash prize of Rs. 25,000/-.
• Eligibility
The exhibitor must have the following eligibility criteria to apply for “Orissa State Lalit Kala Akademi Award”.
1. Any artist who has already received the Orissa State Lalit Kala Akademi Award will not be eligible for the award during the next five consecutive years.
2. Every exhibit entered for the exhibition and accepted by the Selection and Judging Committee will automatically be regarded as being in competition for the awards, unless indicated “not for competition” in the Schedule.
3. The Non-Oriya participating artists are also eligible to get this award.
4. No exhibit will be accepted which has been already displayed / awarded in any of the previous Art Exhibition of Orissa Lalit Kala Akademi.
5. The General Council Members of the Akademi Member of Selection & Judging Committee may participate in the State Level Art Exhibition, but are not eligible for award.
6. No exhibit will be accepted which has been already displayed/ awarded in any of the previous Art Exhibition of Orissa Lalit Kala Akademi.

• Procedure to apply
The procedures to apply for Orissa State Lalit Kala Akademi Award are as follows:
1. The eligible exhibitor may apply or enter their exhibits in the prescribed schedule form and the artist’s Biodata Form within the prescribed date mentioned in the Schedule Form.
2. One artist can participate in more than one category and in that case, he/she has to deposit the entry fee and schedule form separately.
• Supportive Documents to be submitted
The following supportive documents must be submitted while applying for Orissa State Lalit Kala Akademi Award:
1. Attach the duly Filled in Schedule Form with self passport size photograph and the Bio-data form designed for the artists.
2. Enclose photographs of the exhibits.
3. The Non- Oriya participating artists must submit the Xerox copy of their Residential Certificate/Vote Identity card in support of their domicile.
4. Attach Xerox copy of the money order of the entry fee or the postal receipt.
• Selection Criteria
The selection criteria for the Orissa State Lalit Kala Akademi Award are as follows:
1. The decision of the Selection and Judging Committee shall be final and no objection on any ground whatsoever shall be entertained.
2. Every exhibit entered for the exhibition and accepted by the Selection and Judging Committee will automatically be regarded as being in competition for the awards, unless indicated “not for competition” in the Schedule.
3. A two tier Jury system will be in place for selecting the exhibits and deciding the awards. The first team of Jury members will select out of the entries received in response to the prospectus which are ticked “For Competition” or “Not For Competition”. The selection will be made by the Jury only on the basis of the photographs received with the prospectus along with the bio-data of the artists belonging to Orissa.
The second team of Jury members will select the award winning works from the exhibits selected by the first Jury and displayed.
4. Size of the exhibits (Painting/ Graphic) should not exceed 120 cms. In length or breadth.
5. Sculptures should be submitted in durable materials and must not be more than 4 feet in height (including pedestal) or length or breadth.
6. Works should be original and any imitation will not be considered for selection. Traditional paintings and Sculptures submitted must not be imitation of the past.
7. All Photographs/ exhibits will be submitted before the Selection and Judging Committee with full authority to accept or reject any exhibit at their discretion.
8. Only two works of an artist in one category will be accepted.
• Points to be taken care of
1. Any participant who is willing to insure his/ her exhibits may do so at his/ her own cost.
2. If any damage is caused to any of the exhibits due to unavoidable circumstances the cost of the exhibits as fixed by the authorities of the Akademi will be paid to the owner, and the owner in question shall be bound to receive it.
3. Under no circumstances the selected art works can be returned unless the exhibition is over.
4. Copyright to exhibits acquired by the Akademi from the exhibition shall rest with the Akademi. Artists will have to furnish a certificate to this effect on being intimate of the sale.
5. The Akademi will retain 15% on the sale price of exhibits.
6. Failure to comply with any of the Rules embodied in the Prospectus will cause rejection of exhibits.
7. As far the framing and labeling of the exhibit are concerned exhibits must be suitably framed and provided with ring hooks. The exhibits with Glass framing will not be entertained.
8. All Exhibits must have labels pasted on the reverse side with outer frame.
9. Exhibits must be collected by the exhibitor within fifteen days after closure of the exhibition on return of the receipt issued by the Akademi. The Akademi shall bear no liability for any exhibit beyond 15 days after the exhibition is over.
• Submission of Exhibits
1. Only colour photographs (7”x5” size) of the exhibits will be received along with the Schedule duly filled in with self passport size photograph and entry fee. In case of sculptures 3 photographs (front, back and side view) of each work should be submitted. Photographs should be true to the original work in colour and clarity. Title, medium, category and size in cm. of the work along with name and address of the artist have to be written on the reverse side of the photograph. The photographs are not returnable.
2. No original work should be submitted by the artist unless instruction is sent by the Akademi. After first tier selection on the basis of photographs, the selected artists will be intimated to submit their original works in the Akademi relevant to the photographs.
• Entry Fee to be deposited
1. The Entry Fee (non-refundable) Per-Schedule is Rs. 150/- (Rupees one hundred fifty only)
2. All the money order coupons or the covering letters must contain the following information:
a) Name and address of the Sender
b) Amount remitted
c) Purpose of remittance:
4. Non-receipt of official receipt from the Akademi for the amount remitted must
be brought to the notice of the Akademi within fifteen days.
5. The entry fee sent by M.O. or by cash should reach the Akademi office before
the prescribed date in the Schedule Form
6. No. refund of entry fee will be made once the Schedule has been accepted.
• Who to apply?
The Secretary,
Orissa Lalit Kala Akademi,
Sanskruti Bhavan,
Museum Complex,
Ph. No. 0674- 2431611
• Who to register complaint with?
The Secretary,
Orissa Lalit Kala Akademi,
Sanskruti Bhavan,
Museum Complex,
Ph. No. 0674- 2431611
• Forms
1. Click here to download the Schedule Form,
2. Click here to download the Biodata Form,

Annual Awards Presentation Ceremony of Odisha State Lalit Kala Akademi

BHUBANESWAR: The 33 {+r} {+d} annual art exhibition and annual awards presentation ceremony of Odisha State Lalit Kala Akademi, State's apex body for fine art, mounted at the Central Lalit Kala Akademi's Regional Centre here, concluded on Saturday.

The five-day exhibition showcased 103 works selected by a four member jury -- Debendra Dash, Binod Moharana, Tarakant Parida and Sovan Kumar -- out of 333 exhibits submitted by 203 artists of the State, according to Akademi president Durga Prasad Das.

Similarly, another four-member jury, comprising Mrudula Sinha (Benaras Hindu University), Ramakrishna Vedala (regional secretary, Central Lalit Kala Akademi), Adwaita Gadanayak (noted sculptor and president AlumniBKCAC) and Khil Bahadur Khetri (art educator) selected eight artists for the State Awards out of 91 works received by the akademi.

SOURCE: The Hindu

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

CM Odisha Shri Naveen Patnaik felecitated Four eminent Artists on the eve of Silver Jubilee celebration

The Chief Minister of Odisha, Shri Naveen Patnaik felicitated the Former Principal, Kala Bhawan, Santiniketan, Prof. Kanchan Chakraverti, for his contribution to the art historical studies in the eastern subcontinent, Dr. Dinanath Pathy, the first Principal of the college, senior Artist Shri Ajit Keshari Ray and Shri Adwaita Prasad Gadanayak, President, AlumniBKCAC for collaborating to the cause of art in Odisha. In his address, he emphasized on the rich cultural and art heritage of Odisha and its application in the contemporary art, defining a new approach of continuity. He appreciated the effort of the AlumniBKCAC for the entire event.

All India Artists Students camp at college campus, inaugurated by Durga Prasad Das

B K College of Art and Crafts has completed its twenty-five years creative journey in Odisha and its existence resulted in the paradigm shift in art education and propagation both within the state and beyond. To commemorate the success, AlumniBKCAC and B.K. College of Art and Crafts are celebrating its silver Jubilee in Bhubaneswar. The above video is of first event an all India Artists Students camp at college campus, inaugurated by Durga Prasad Das, the president of Odisha Lalit Kala Academy, First principal of B.K.Art college and Present Principal convened by Senior Lecturer Shri Baladev Maharatha , many of studding students and alumnus were present there. There are 48 student artists from 24 different states participated in this event and it was a wonderful to have them at this grand celebration.

Friday, January 22, 2010

A night before preparation of Silver Jubilee celebration

Adawita Gadanayak, Anjan Kumar Sahoo, Kanta Kishor Moharana, Manas Moharana, Smruti Sai Mishra, Bhuvananda and others..... guys are in charge of exhibition display

Friday, January 15, 2010

Renewed Intensity, A Public Art and Site-specific Art Workshop, On the occasion of the silver jubilee celebration of BK College of Art & Crafts

Renewed Intensity

A Public Art and Site-specific Art Workshop

On the occasion of the silver jubilee celebration of BK College of Art & Crafts, we are attempting to broaden our own horizons by re-introducing some of young and talented artists who are earlier graduates and have earned recognition. Some guest artists are also participating the event by invitation.

The city of Bhubaneswar has become a busy metropolis where both modern and traditional art and culture co-mingle. It has undergone vast developmental changes, shifting the historical & ecological map of the city in the last few years. The point here is to understand the coexistence of the past and the present.

‘Renewed Intensity’ is an idea to bring back serious passion and attitude towards a new art form, public and site specific art. Worth noting inherent in local culture lies this notion. This is first of such a workshop that we have planned: where artists will create the works with multiple approaches and u different medium, exploring art out of unconventional forms or ideas. It will also explore the possibility of varied aesthetic influences and expressions based on Interactive, Performance, Installation and so on. These artistic activates will attempt to understand inter-relationship of nature, culture, city, politics, fictional text and vital inner life. This workshop will create an environment of diverse art forms for the new viewer/audience. In these eight days, artists will produce art works in relationship between ecology and art in public spaces.

While engaged in the workshop, the participating artists will respond to collective cultural needs, developing active roles in environmental and social issues. Some artists will focus on the role of art in encouraging ecological awareness and social activism amongst local people. We sincerely hope our efforts will bring about a constructive change in the art situation in Odisha.

Jagannath Panda

Public art fits a much broader definition than art in a gallery or a museum. In simple terms, public art is any work of art or design that is created by an artist specifically to be sited in a public space. It can tower several stories high, or it can call attention to the pavement beneath your feet. It can be cast, carved, built, assembled or painted. Whatever its form, public art attracts attention. By its presence alone public art can heighten our awareness, question our assumptions, transform a landscape, or express community values, and for these reasons it can have the power, over time to transform a city’s image. Public art helps define an entire community’s identity and reveal the unique character of a specific neighborhood. It is a unifying force.

The impact of public art on a community is priceless and immeasurable and once experienced it only appreciates. Public art has the power to energize our public spaces, arouse our thinking, and transform the places where we live, work, and play into more welcoming and beautiful environments that invite interaction. It enhances the quality of life by encouraging a heightened sense of place and by introducing people to works of art that can touch them and generations to come.

Site-specific art is artwork created to exist in a certain place. Typically, the artist takes the location into account while planning and creating the artwork.

More broadly, the term is sometimes used for any work that is (more or less) permanently attached to a particular location. In this sense, a building with interesting architecture could be considered a piece of site-specific art.

In 1966 Robert Barry said:

“(site installation) is made to suit the place in which it was installed. They cannot be moved without being destroyed.”

In 1989 Richard Serra said:

“The works become part of the site and restructure both conceptually and perceptually the organization of the site.”

But later, the concept and relevance of the artwork in relation to the site have evolved.

The artwork in a specific site still explores themes and relationships with its surroundings. However its site can be moved and the artwork can still be relevant.

It’s a battle between ‘what is Public Art’ and ‘what is Site Specific Art’. The art can become site relevant in a conceptual way, yet it doesn’t have to be physically nailed to that exact place. The concept plays a big part, because it can be a very wide subject/theme, which could be relevant in many places. Most importantly it involves the viewer of the work, as they are present on this ’site’. Site Specific Art then becomes audience relevant.

But, this workshop intend not to define the meaning of the terms but more relevant to the celebration and prepare and produce work of art along with the community.

Participating Artists:


Paribartana Mohanty (Delhi)

Prateek Sagar (Delhi)

Alumni of BKCAC:

Sujit Mallick (Delhi)

Sudarsan Biswal (Delhi)

Veejayant Dash (Bhubaneswar)

Assisted by

Satyabhama Majhi,

Samarjeet Behera,

Niroj Satpathy,

Satyajeet Das

Nityananda Ojha (Baroda)

Anjan Kumar Sahoo (Bhubaneswar)

Bujing Rao (Bhubaneswar)

Kanta Kishor Moharana(Bhubaneswar)

Assisted by

Smrutisai Mishra,

Manas Moharana,

Somnath Rout

Sambit Panda (Delhi)

Helen Brahma (Bhubaneswar)


Activity: Public Art and Site-specific Workshop

Commemorating Silver Jubilee Celebration of B.K. College of Art and Crafts (BKCAC)

Concept: “Renewed Intensity”

Date: From 20th to 27th January 2010

Artist Presentation: 25th January 2010 at 5.00 pm

Initiator: Dr. Pradosh Mishra

Chief Guest: Prof, Deba Patnaik and Dr. Dinanath Pathy

Guest of Honor: Ramakrishna Vedala,Ramahari Jena, Adewata Gadanayak

Public Display: 26th to 27th January 2010, 11am to 8pm

Venue: Lalit Kala Akademi Regional Centre, Unit III, Bhubaneswar,

Coordinators: Sudershan Biswal, Veejayant Dash, Pradosh Mishra, Ashok Nayak, Anjan Shaoo,

Curator Jagannath Panda