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Naveen Patnaik formally dedicated much-awaited ‘The Rath,’ a steel monument

Bhubaneswar13/8/19:: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today formally dedicated much-awaited ‘The Rath,’ a steel monument to the people of Odisha.

The steel monument, located at the picturesque Biju Patnaik Park in Bhubaneswar, is presented by Tata Steel in collaboration with Bhubaneswar Development Authority.


‘The Rath’ explores the notion of life, motion and energy and is built using 13.5 tonnes of Tata Structura Steel Hollow Sections. The monument design is inspired by the dual narrative of the Sun Temple and the Rath Yatra (Chariot Festival) and attempts to accentuate the diverse cultures and rich heritage that form the soul of Odisha.

Crafted in steel – material of the future, and designed with cutting-edge tools, ‘The Rath’ rests on three points with a minimal footprint on the landscape. The rotating polygonal frames are laid out on a 120° tri-axis, representing the 8-hour sub-division of the 24-hour cycle and the concept of time.

The structure uses the narrative of community heritage as a springboard to envision the future. The design comprises an intricate web of structural steel, which encourages users to interact in non-traditional ways.

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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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