Collection 30 – A Collection of Artworks of the Artists from Thirty Districts of Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Orissa Modern Art Gallery is pleased to announce that it is showcasing a collection of artworks of the artists from thirty districts of Odisha in its premises from 19 October 2019 to 20 October 2019. The title of this Art show is ‘Collection 30’. The inauguration is on 19th October 2019 by 11 AM. It is curated by Prajnna Vedavyas and coordinated by Santanu Kumar Meher. This show brings forth an amalgamation of different artistic styles of thirty three Odishan artists. The participating artists are Satya Narayan Meher (Sonpur), Rahul Mahakud (Sambalpur), Sailesh Banchhor (Nuapada), Samanta Raita (Gajapati), Trinath Majhi (Koraput), Arun Tanay Samal (Deogarh), Madhab Manadal (Nabarangpur), Manoj
Pradhan (Jharasaguda), Rupa Ranjan Roul (Dhenkanal), Baruna Beher (Kandhamal), Bikash Mohanta (Gracious living), Ranjit Sahoo (Nayagarh), Bijan Reddy (Kalahandi), Sudeep Barik (Jagatsinghpur), Bibhuti Prusty (Boudh), Jayashree Jena (Khurda), Nishanta Kanher (Balangir), D. Shiva Achary (Rayagada),
Soudamini Rout (Kendrapara), Prabhakar Sahoo (Puri), Dillip Majhi (Ganjam), Kedar Naik (Bargarh), Santosh Kumar Mallick (Jajpur), Rajesh Kumar Behera (Khurda), Ritendra Mohanty (Keonjhar), Nityananda Sahu (Balasore), Santanu Kumar Meher (Angul), Kuber Barik (Angul), Nageswar Achary (Malkangiri), Rosan
Baral (Puri), Jitendra Kumar Behera (Bhadrak), Sunil Kumar Bala (Cuttack) and Prabhudayal Tirky (Sundargarh).
Santanu, the coordinator of ‘Collection 30’, first proposed an exhibition, presenting the artworks of young artists across Odisha in a common platform. He views that the art of Odishan artists are wide spread across India and abroad. However, it was never planned to display the artists’ works from all the districts of Odisha in one forum. After discussions with Prajnna, the exhibition curator, they both planned to setup an exhibition at ‘Orissa Modern Art Gallery, Bhubaneswar’. Prajnna observes that a conventional array of artworks are
often exhibited in the galleries in Odisha but, the state has the efficiency of exhibiting a new genesis. Thus, to bring a change, the ‘Collection 30’ is designed to give a different vision to the viewers.
Everything transforms with the time and so the art. But, in this exhibition, you can read the dynamic blend of past and present approaches in art with new perceptions instilled into it. Hence, this show is special with artists’ brilliant visualizations. Most of these artists throw light on village life and community culture. They delineate the deep intimacy and interaction between man and the nature. The fresh air of villages and the chirps of birds, straw-thatched houses and all such elegant sceneries are now erased out of our life. The artists
indicate that the importance of flora and fauna is equally significant like that of the human beings on the earth.
Rapidly growing urbanization engulfs the bird and animal world with their natural habitation. This exhibition is an assortment of varied art forms. It includes, paintings, drawings, mix media – sculptures, prints, installations, new media and video art where, the onlookers could enjoy a complete flavor of visual

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