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Sudarsan Pattnaik assumed charge of President of Odisha Lalit Kala Akademi

Bhubaneswar:25/9/16: Opportunity and promotion are the two mantras that internationally-acclaimed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik plans to sculpt his tenure around as president of Odisha Lalit Kala Akademi.He assumed charge of the office on Monday.

Sudarsan rued lack of research and study on Odisha’s art forms and felt the need for more seminars to understand their intricacies and beauty. “The highest state award for – Drahamparada – has not been conferred on artists par excellence for so many years. I want to regularise it and confer it on veteran artists. If need be, we will go to the court to sort out the things,” he said.

The Akademi had instituted the award in 1987. However, it ran into controversies in 2008. The matter went to the court. After five years, an executive meeting of the Akademi in 2013 decided to re-institute the award from 2009 retrospectively. But this decision could not be translated into action due to several unspecified reasons. Now, the matter is sub-judice.

 

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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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