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Odisha Chief Minister inaugurated Bhubaneswar Art Trail 2018 (BAT) at Guajhara Compound of Old Town

Bhubaneswar:19/11/18: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated Bhubaneswar Art Trail 2018 (BAT) at Guajhara Compound of Old Town here on Sunday.

The month-long event along 1.3-km stretch of the Old Town in Odisha capital would showcase artworks by artists from all over the world. It includes several events that explore the underlying curatorial theme of BAT 2018 – ‘Navigation is Offline’.


Speaking on the occasion, BAT curator Jagannath Panda said that the initiative is no mean task. “When you are working on a space like Old Town, which has so many layers of history manifested through architecture, monuments, walls, ponds, lakes, gardens and residential areas, it also becomes a responsibility. Our challenge was that how better could we represent and respond to this space and its community,” he said.


The curator further said that the art trail is an expression of the Old Town and its people. ”This is how each community-based art project should evolve. It should be committed to excellent art making but it should also be dedicated to the possibilities of inspiring a vision for the community. That is why we are not limiting the trail to an exhibition,” he added.

The project is an initiative by Utsha Foundation for Contemporary Art in collaboration with Odisha Tourism, Bhubaneswar Development Authority, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, and Bhubaneswar Smart City Ltd.

About Ashok Palit

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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