The painting exhibition by Baladev Prasad Moharatha captures Lord Jagannath in many attractive ways.
A well-choreographed Odissi dance recital by Nrutyayana which proved to be a visual treat.
`Jagannathayana', this month's programme for promotion and propagation of Lord Jagannath consciousness, featured artist
Baladev Prasad Moharatha's recent painting on Lord Jagannath. Taking watercolours as his medium, Moharatha treated the theme sometimes realistically and sometimes with abstract touch.
There were 19 paintings on display and the artist delved into the various myths and legends associated with Lord Jagannath to conceptualise his art.
Lord Jagannath is a unique god and his humanistic dimension culminates in his Ratha Yatra. Right from the strange shape of the idols to the various rituals in the temple where he lives like a human king,
Lord Jagannath never ceases to evoke awe and bhakti. Sometimes, he is palpably finite and sometimes he is infinity incarnate.
ARTISTICALLY YOURS One of Moharatha's painting depicting Load Jagannath in all his splendour
Paintings like Lotus Eyes, Karunanidhi, Kalasarpa apana, Nara Narayana, Purna Brahma and Kamalalochana, try to capture the Lord dear to millions for whom he is the only saviour.
Kurma Vishnu, Krishnamayam and Buddhamayam touch on his incarnations. Everything distinctions of caste, creed, sect and sex merge in the black of Lord Jagannath and his round eyes cast a hypnotic spell on the devotees who are forever drawn towards him.
The painting exhibition was a humble yet evocative homage of the artist to Lord Jagannath.
The regional centre of the Lalit Kala Akademi in Bhubaneswar observed a nine-day-long golden jubilee closing ceremony that featured cultural programme, artists camp, symposium and a film festival on art and artists.
The festival took off with a Odissi dance recital by `Nrutyayana'. The dancers opened with Aditya archana, an invocation to the sun god. The Suryashtakam was well choreographed and the compositions were a visual treat.
Lalit Kala Akademi chairman Prof. R.B. Bhaskaran inaugurated a multiple media workshop that had eminent painter and printmaker Ajit Keshari Ray as a guest; it ran for a week.
A two-day symposium focused on the state of contemporary art today.
The topic was `Public Sphere, Private sphere'. Is the boundary collapsing in contemporary Indian Art?"
But the much looked forward to event was the four-day film festival that featured short films on artists like Nandalal Bose, Jamini Roy, Gaganendranath Tagore, Amrit Shergill et al apart from films on foreign masters like Da Vinci and Picasso. There were also films on contemporary sculpture and various folk arts and crafts.
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