Bhubaneswar: An exhibition of paintings, sculptures and installations on legendary leader and former chief minister Biju Patnaik titled “The Tallman: a visionary leader of the century” kicked off today on Utkal Divas.The 17-day event, which is being organised by Suvadra Art Gallery is a tribute to the son of the soil and architect of modern Odisha Biju Babu. The expo has been conceptualised by Surya Rath, the chairman of Suvadra Art Gallery after a successful stint in organising ‘The Gandhi’, a theme based art expo depicting the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi earlier this year.
The art expo was inaugurated by President of Loksevak Mandal and Chairman, Board of Management, The Samaj Deepak Malviya. While MP Prasanna Patasani graced the ceremony as chief guest, additional Secretary of Tourism Department Dr Nitin Bhanudas Jawale, former Commissioner of Police, Mumbai Arup Pattnaik, and District Governor of Rotary Club, Bhubaneswar Ajay Agarwal were the guests of honour.On the inaugural day, former secretary of Lalit Kala Academy and eminent artist Rabi Narayan Rath displayed as many as 12 artworks at the event.As many as 53 artists showcased 62 artworks which included paintings, sculptures and installations. Eminent artists from Odisha including Ashish Panday, Sunil Dakua, Madhusmita Dhalsamant, Sureswar Dhal, Rajendra Narayan Sahoo, Mohammad Anwar, Manoj Mohanty, Manash Ranjan Jena, Meenaketan Pattnaik and Shyamsundar Achary are participating in the event.Dikshya Sethia from Chandigarh, Dr Sunil Viswakarma from Varanasi and sculptor Laxmidhar Rana from Bihar are the other participants of the expo.The artworks of Dasha Murmu and Binodini Behera depicting Biju Patnaik’s contribution towards upliftment of tribals in Odisha will also be on display during the exhibition.“The thought process behind organising this expo is to highlight the life and works of Biju Babu that was instrumental in laying foundation of the modern Odisha as we know today. Artists not only from Odisha but across India have been greatly inspired by him and have presented artworks keeping him and his life as their subject of art. This expo will surely inspire many to not just follow his footsteps but also contribute towards building a progressive society”, says gallery director Ashok Nayak.The event will conclude on April 17, the death anniversary of Biju Patnaik. Participates: Amitesh Sahoo Amiya Kumar Dash Anirudh Sahoo Arun Kumar Pallur Asish Panday Baladev Maharatha Bibhudatt Pradhan Bijaya Kumar Mallick Binodini Behera Dasha Murmu Dikshya Sethia Dillip Das Dr Gourahari Rout Dr. Sunil Viswakarma Gauri Maharana Gyanada Das Jagannath Mahapatra Jayashree Pradhan Jitendra Kumar Bhanja Jyotirmaya Dash Krushna Ch Maharana Kishore Kumar Dalai Kuber Barik Lalat Kishore Pradhan Lipika Bhoi Laxmidhar Rana Madhusmita Dhalasamant Manash Ranjan Jena Manoj Mohanty Md Anwar Meenaketan Pattnaik Milan Kumar Parida P Shyam Sundar Achary Pramod Nayak Rabi Narayan Rath Rajendra Narayan Sahoo Rajesh Panda Rajiv Lochan Sahoo Rakesh Lenka Sanjib Biswal Santosh Maharana Sarita Acharya Sasadhar Pati Somanath Rout Shudhhasata Mishra Sukirti Kar Sunil Dakua Suprava Choudhury Sureswar Dhala Swarnalata Satpathy Tuhina Joshi Jayashree PradhanSuprava ChoudhuryKuber Barik Arun Pallur Jitendra Bhanja Milan Parida Amitesh Sahoo Dilip Das Anirudh Sahoo Dash Murmu Binodini Behera Sarita Acharya