Mangalajodi & Chilika’s beauty come alive on canvas

Bhubaneswar: Displaying the natural harmony of Mangalajodi and Chilika, an exhibition of water colour paintings ‘Visual Verses from the Mangalajodi Inheritance’ is being organised by Ila Panda Centre for Arts (IPCA) at Lalit Kala Akademi in Bhubaneswar.

The exhibition was inaugurated last evening in the presence of Jnanpith award winning writer Sitakanta Mahapatra, Dr JP Das, Devdas Chhotray, Dr Arabinda Behera, Prof Jatin Nayak and member of IPCA Advisory Board Ramahari Jena.

The painting exhibition, which will be held till April 19, is an initiative of IPCA to support UNESCO’s plan of developing Mangalajodi and Chilika Lake as World Heritage site.

Panchami Manoo Ukil, Chairperson, IPCA Managing Committee said, “This programme is basically a very unique initiative of confluencing art with conservation. We have been told that this is the first ever initiative of this kind anywhere. What we are basically trying to do is that we are trying to use the artist community which is a very influential community to spread the message of conservation of natural resources through their art.”

Earlier, a 6-day workshop was organised by the IPCA in New Delhi from February 16 to February 21, 2018 during which 22 eminent water colour artists visited Mangalajodi and Chilika for three days and then portrayed their vision and visuals through water colour paintings.