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Sudarshan Patnaik appointed as the president of Odisha Lalit Kala Akademi

Bhubaneswar19/9/18: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday appointed internationally acclaimed sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik as the president of Odisha Lalit Kala Akademi, the State’s apex body for fine arts.

The post had remained vacant after famous sculptor and Padma Vibhushan recipient Raghunath Mohapatra resigned following his nomination to Rajya Sabha by the President.

The world-renowned sand artist has participated in more than 50 international sand art championships and festivals around the world and won several prizes.

Patnaik was honoured with Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India, in 2014. He has also bagged various national awards like National Youth award, National Tourism award, People of the Year award by Limca Book in 2009 and Young Indian Leadership award by CNN IBN.

Apart from these, he is actively involved in creating social awareness in the national and international arena on world peace, global warming, terrorism, HIV AIDS, and protection of endangered wildlife species through his sand art.After his new assignment Pattnaik tweet that:

I am grateful to Hon’ble Chief Minister for giving me the opportunity to serve as President of Odisha Lalit Kala Akademi. I seek blessings of Lord Jagannath to work hard with team to take the Akademi to a respectful level. Thanks to all my well wishers.

About Editor in chief

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.
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