Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, April 17:
The three-day long art exhibition cum camp hosted by industry leader Tata Steel, in association with ‘TOGETHER’, a forum for creative artists in Odisha, at the Jayadev Bhavan here concluded yesterday. The camp was aimed at honing the creative talent of budding artists while providing a platform for senior artists to showcase their work.
Renowned sculptor, Padma Vibhushan Raghunath Mohapatra graced the occasion as the chief guest. Among the esteemed guests present on the occasion were Pradeep Kumar Jena, Principal Secretary to the Government of Odisha, Energy, I & PR, Arun Misra, Vice President, Operations, Kalinganagar Project, Tata Steel, Ms Ruchi Narendran, wife of T V Narendran, MD, Tata Steel, India and South East Asia.
Mohapatra appealed to the artists for preserving the tradition of excellence in art and culture of this great land. Addressing the artists and the art lovers, Ms Narendran, spoke highly about the artistic grandeur of Odisha and promised continued support of Tata Steel to such initiatives in the state in future.
Speaking on the occasion, Pradeep Kumar Jena lauded the efforts of Tata Steel in providing a congenial platform for the promotion of art by supporting such exhibition and camps. Arun Misra reiterated the company’s longstanding commitment to strengthening the rich cultural tradition of the state through various initiatives including support to artists.
Three veteran artists, Siba Panigrahi, DN Rao and Baladev Maharatha were felicitated on the occasion. Three young artists, Sangram Majhi, Parameswar Samal and Anjaneya Mohapatra were awarded scholarships for their promising talent.
On this occasion, winners of the high school level art competition organised by Tata Steel earlier and the twelve artists showcasing their creative masterpieces in the exhibition were also honoured.
During the three day exhibition cum camp, curated by Manas Jena of TOGETHER, senior artists created new paintings besides showcasing their earlier work and also mentored the budding talents who participated in the camp.