Sunday, April 26, 2009

Artists at Work, AlumniBKCAC organized a sketching workshop at Bhubaneswar Orissa

AlumniBKCAC organized a sketching workshop, as its second event in the series of Silver Jubilee celebration of the Bibhuti Kanungo College of Art & Crafts, Bhubaneswar. The workshop was planned in the foothill of Khandagiri in Bhubaneswar on the eve of Odiya Nava Varsha (New Year) celebration in the sculpture studio of Saroj Bhanja, a young and enthusiastic sculptor. This workshop was a gathering of the old students and present young artists to develop harmony and co-ordination amongst each other.

The event began with a congregation by the artists that was formally introduced by the president of the alumniBKCAC Adwaita Gadanayak. Subrat Mullick, the secretary of alumniBKCAC vividly projected the programmes that are scheduled to take place through out the year. Sculptor Anjan Kumar Sahoo, joint secretary AlumniBKCAC, invited constructive suggestions from all members, who were present, to make Silver jubilee celebration an extraordinary and special. AlumniBKCAC Executive member Ashok Nayak, who is director of Delhi based Ashok Art Gallery has updated about construction of organization website which is running as beta test now, the members were informed that it would be back with a new and attractive look with lot more features and interactive options. and it will lunch officially on the month May. Another alumni Durga Patnaik has mentioned about a proper documentation of all alumnus in college register which will provide a right information to all the students and as well as to visitors. Executive member M. Sovan Kumar informed about his Mega Art Exhibition project that is coordinated by him for the silver jubilee project.

The formal discussion was followed by a workshop of drawing and painting, wherein the artists present participated. These events were regularly organized and managed by the local alumni in order to make a meaningful presence in the contemporary art field. The events might just seem usual but they carry the emotion of the former students and their commitment towards the art college that has nurtured them to achieve the present feet. This workshop and interaction turned successful with the presence of Kamalakshya Kanungo, Subhranshu Panda, Meenaketan Patnaik, Shyama Prasad Tali, Lipishree Nayak, Ashok Nayak, Rabinarayan Sahu, Saroj Bhanja, Siba Prasad Patri, Rajiv Pradhan, Debadutta Naik, Niroj Satapathy, Harekrushna Ojha, Lalata Kishore Pradhan, Divya Ranjan Rout, Subhadarshi Swain, Lalit Swain, Gautam Sahoo, Satyajit Das, Manas Moharana, Kanta Kishore Moharana, Biswa Ranjan Kar, Satabhama Majhi, Nilanshu Bala Sasmal, Chanda Kishore, Chandra Sekhar Sethi, Smrutikanta Rout, Somanath Rout, Abakash Martha, Gopal Krushna Rath, Niranjan Mangaraj, Niranjan Ojha and Sukant Moharana.

The event was convened by Veejayant Das, member of the alumni and Pratap Jena, Executive member of alumni. The space was provided courtesy Saroj Bhanja which literally fused the environment with artistic ambience.

Monday, April 13, 2009

MhaBisubhaSankranti and Odia Nua Barsha celebration by AlumniBKCAC

AlumniBKCAC invites you to celebrate Oriya New Year on 14th April 2009 at Saroj Bhanja (Bhanu) Studio

An open disscussion on contemporary art practice about different problems artists are facing now a days and how to overcome.

Address: Kolathia Chowk, Near Andhra Bank Khandagiri, Bhubaneswar. from 3pm to 7pm

Special Attraction
Oriya Dalma n Bella pana

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Chitra Murchhana: art and friends workshop at Bibhuti Kanungo College of Art & Crafts

Bibhuti Kanungo College of Art & Crafts, Bhubaneswar has completed its successful 25 years, creating a revolution in art education in Orissa. The alumni of the college have joined together as a group to celebrate the occasion of Silver Jubilee. A series of events like art interaction, symposium, film shows, exhibitions, conference, workshops, public art etc are planned to take place spread over the whole year. The alumni BKCAC, comprises of the artists those have passed out from the college and have contributed significantly to the world of fine art in various capacities. Several art events in the state, in the recent past, have been organised by the alumni independently and it has considerably taken over the past controversies in the art field of Orissa. Now we have come up to the match of the national and international demand in the art field.
On the occasion of Utkal Divas the alumni BKCAC decided to begin its Silver Jubilee event with Chitra Murchhana: a workshop for students, teachers and friends of BK College, where the 100 feet canvas was commonly painted by the artists on site at the college premises. This event was formally inaugurated by Shri Bijay Jena, Commissioner, Ministry of Culture, Government of Orissa in the presence of Dr. Alekh Charan Sahu, Principal, B K College and Shri Adwaita Gadanayak, President and Shri Subrat Mullik, Secretary, alumni BKCAC.

Speaking about the objective of the organisation Subrat Mullik said, ‘the alumni BKCAC aims at inspiring the young and talented students to participate and interact in the global sphere and to introduce them to the latest art education in fine art.’ Principal of B K College, Dr. Alekh spoke about the noble effort by the alumni for the development of students and the college as a whole. ‘The alumni has transformed the college atmosphere and charged it with enthusiasm and creativity’, expressed Alekh on the occasion of inauguration.

Veteran artist and retired teacher Shri Siba Panigrahi was nostalgic and passed through the memory lane to recollect about the barren land where the present is located and how much effort has gone into its making. He mentioned about how the effort of the first Principal Dr. Dinanath Pathy’s constant follow-up made it possible. Further he impressed upon the formation of the college at Cuttack in the name of Bibhuti Kanungo and its transformation into the art college in Bhubaneswar through the political efforts. He also suggested preparing a bronze statue of Bibhuti Kanungo and place in front of the college. Mr. Bijay Jena in his deliberation as chief guest spoke about the contribution of the college and its function in the last few years. He spoke about the state participation and realising the dream of a Modern Art Gallery in Bhubaneswar. The initial move has begun and he requested the college authorities to cooperate in the venture so that one step could be taken toward the achievement. ‘I appreciate the collaboration by the alumni in growth of the Orissan art situation and hope the proposed events would be beneficial to the young and upcoming artists in Orissa, concluded Shri Jena.

Adwaita Gadnayak said that, ‘let us move from here and make Bhubaneswar a global hub for art activities instead of going out to the cosmopolitan cities and search out a niche, which is not only difficult but sometimes disgusting too.’ He was speaking about the resources in Orissa and the art activities. In his presidential address he invited the young artists to collaborate and make the silver jubilee event successful. The support was acknowledged by Dr. Pradosh Mishra, an alumnus, who was participating in the event from Banaras Hindu University. On this occasion, eminent artists like Shri Siba Panigrahi, Shri Pramod Mohanti, Shri Gouranga Bariki, Shri Kashi Jena and Shri Jayant Das, Shri Tarakanta Parida, Ashok Nayak and many others were present. The event was coordinated by Shri Bijay Nayak.
Following the inauguration, all the artist members including Chief Guest Shri Bijay Jena sketched on the 100 feet canvas and made the workshop colourful. Every member participated in the event enthusiastically and contributed to the stretch of the canvas. Alongside the sketching, they interacted and alumni exchanged their memory about the college and the art field in Orissa. The beginning of the event was marked by a chorus of Vande Utkala Janani by young children that impressed the audience. The first event by the alumni BKCAC on the 1st of April, 2009 the independence day of Orissa thus became meaningful and would keep the artists inspiring for long time to comoe.

The Hindu

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