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A pictorial exhibition on Odishan cultural influence in Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand inaugurates

Bhubaneswar, 14th November 2019: Resource Indica: Roots & Revelations in collaboration with Odisha Tourism organized a pictorial exhibition, documentary film and coffee-table book on Odishan cultural influence in Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand here on  11th,November

 Shri Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi, Hon’ble Minister, Department of Tourism, Odia Literature, Language & Culture, Government of Odisha, Shri Manoranjan Panigrahi, IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of Culture, Government of Odisha and Shri Vishal Dev, IAS, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Department of Tourism, Government of Odisha inaugurated the exhibition in the propitious presence of His Excellency, Mr Sidharto Reza Suryodipuro, Ambassador of Indonesia as the Guest of Honour.

 ‘The Pride And Glory Of Bali-yatra’ is a first of its kind project that is dedicated to throw new light on the glorious maritime history of Odisha and the impact of this great passage of time and glorious tides on the face of the land across South East Asia. The presentations have been put together – by Sudip Sen, Director, Resource Indica : Roots & Revelations, and his core team – after much research on the subject and many visits to all the countries in South East Asia to interact with people and shoot there.

 The curtain-raiser was held at Odisha State Maritime Museum, Cuttack, during Bali-yatra in November 2013. Thereafter, there have been many presentations in New Delhi, Kolkata and Bhubaneswar – in association with Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Indian National Trust for Art, Culture & Heritage (INTACH) and Asiatic Society. Last year, ‘The Pride and Glory of Bali-yatra’ presented the ‘View from Indonesia’ – in collaboration with the Embassy of Indonesia, New Delhi.

 This year’s edition of ‘The Pride and Glory Of Bali-yatra’ opens with a never-before pictorial exhibition on Odishan cultural influence across South East Asia; and covers Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand. The exhibition was inaugurated today at Lalit Kala Akademi and will be open to public from 12th to 14th November. The programme included screening of a documentary film and release of a coffee-table book on the subject.

 Speaking on this occasion, Hon’ble Minister Shri Panigrahi said, “We are happy to present this never-before pictorial exhibition on Odishan cultural influence across South East Asia and we see it is the first of many other presentations on the subject in Odisha as well as in relevant places in South East Asia.”

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 In his address Principal Secretary Shri Panigrahi said, “The Pride and Glory of Bali-yatra’ is a commendable effort to throw new light in the glorious maritime history of Odisha and ancient trading links across South East Asia and I take this opportunity to congratulate Mr Sudip Sen and his team at Resource Indica: Roots & Revelations for this novel initiative.”

 During inauguration Shri Dev said, “The complete package of ‘The Pride and Glory of Bali-yatra’ – with a pictorial exhibition, documentary film, coffee-table book and calendar – on Odishan cultural influence across South East Asia is really never-before in concept, content and presentation and that is why we readily agreed to support this initiative of Resource Indica: Roots & Revelations.”

 Ambassador of Indonesia, His Excellency Mr Sidharto Reza Suryodipuro said, “We have been happily associated with ‘The Pride and Glory Of Bali-yatra’ since last year – with presentations in New Delhi, Kolkata and Bhubaneswar and this year we have included Resource Indica’s ‘The Pride and Glory of Bali-yatra’ as part of our showcasing at the Indonesia pavilion at Bali-yatra in Cuttack.”

 On this occasion, Mr Sudip Sen, Director, Resource Indica: Roots & Revelations said, “The objective of ‘The Pride And Glory Of Bali-yatra’ initiative, apart from throwing new light on Odishan cultural influence across South East Asia, is to rekindle the good old spirit of a adventure and enterprise that took the goodwill of Kalinga, places and all related media projects and presentations are designed to find a pride of place in the minds and hearts of people in Odisha and showcase ‘The Pride And Glory Of Bali-yatra’ to the world.”

  ‘The Pride And Glory Of Bali-yatra’ is an initiative of ‘Resource Indica: Roots & Revelations’ and a labour of love for the company’s founder-director, Sudip Sen, who was born in Cuttack and brought up in Odisha. Sen is a communication consultant by profession and writer, photographer and film-maker by passion.

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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