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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