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Unique Artist-Poet Ashok Kumar Mohanty: A Humble Tribute

Chandramohan Mohapatra

The hand from which the seven stars of the rainbow burst into the canvas, and the pen of that hand is touched and printed with innumerable words on the piece of paper. Evergreen from the beginning of life to the end, always vibrant, smiling, juicy and eternal. Sometimes he charms with the magic of poetry and sometimes his artist’s pen disturbs the soul of the audience. He has been able to tie the knot of love and affection in many souls for its special purpose. Ashok Kumar Mohanty is no more with us today. Even after death, he will be immortalized for his talents

Presented here are excerpts from an exclusive interview with him at his bedside a few days ago.

When and how did you become interested in art?

  • Since childhood, I had an inordinate weakness for pictures. Whether it is a brick, a stick, a pen, or a pencil, while writing a text, instead of ‘a’, a letter is automatically written. Later, I saw the idols of Ganesh Puja and Saraswati Puja being made in schools from a young age, making them myself and drawing by sight encouraged my artistic life. State Art Award from Chacha Child Adolescent Institute for Painting in 6th Class, Youth in 7th Class. Drawing in 6th class won state art award from Chacha Children’s Youth Institute, won award in7th class in state drawing competition from Youth Artists Association, In 8th class awarded by Ganjam Zilla Art Teachers Association, During 11th class after sending a drawing of the then President V, V Giri a certificate came to me from President Bhavan. Based on these testimonials the unquenchable desire to become an artist was strong since the
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  •  Who most inspired and encouraged you in art education to establish you as a professional artist?

After passing the Matric examination,  enrolling in Khalicourt Art College, Principal  Ajit Keshari Roy, Binod Routray, and Rabinarayan Nayak praised my ability and inspired trained me to become a better painter. With his blessings, on the golden jubilee of the college, my name was among the 10 students out of thousands of students. The last year was 1974 AD

How do you find satisfaction after practicing art?

After being hired as an art teacher, it was not important for me what I got paid, I feel confident when I see children holding paint in their hands, Bay of Bengal, from grass to Banyan tree. In my training, many children have gained fame in the country and abroad with their beautiful paintings. As an art teacher, I continued my lifelong efforts to spread the arts. Bhadrak Art College was started by my initiative and now it has got official status.

.The most satisfying picture, which one has been satisfied with or without an award?

The oil painting of Durga in the year 2011 and on the barnish carved-in coin gave me great satisfaction. It gained special popularity in faraway America and was highly praised and sold at high prices.

 The intrusion of poetry into art, art influenced?

Both art and poetry are given by God. The two are impossibly compatible. For that reason, pictures are called silent poems and poems are called speech pictures. Poems are written under the influence of pictures, pictures can be more powerful for poetry.

 Who is more influenced by poetry and painting, or who is loved more?

Both are like my pair of eyes. I can see poems and pictures even if it closes my eyes.

 Is the popularity of art decreasing or increasing, the reason for that?

After globalization, the popularity of pictures has increased. An artist can get paid regularly. As a result, sculptors are becoming more and more enthusiastic

 In relation to the current state of orthodox literature and the movement of modern poetry?

Modern poetry is now village oriented. Poets are trying hard to find the lost days of the village in literature. Reality is more popular than fantasy.

You are a long-time cardiologist, having undergone open heart surgery for many years. What could be the secret to so many successes in illness?

The distance between life and death. Life never stops thinking about death. No one can ever guarantee whether He will live or die . Satisfied with few and loving all may live many days.

May be art of 1 person

Brief Introduction: Ashok Kumar Mohanty, Father- Purnchandra Mohanty, and mother- Rangalta Mohanty, born on 14th June 1955. Place of Birth-Paliyabindha, Bhadrak, Present Address- Prafulla Nagar, Jagannathpur, Bhadrak. Mo-9438146275 A retired art teacher by profession. Nisha is a poet, novelist and children’s writer

Awards/Honors: Bishub Milan Minabazaar Award(1985), Children’s Literature Conference Award(1982), Odisha Lalitakla Academy Award, Nikhil Uttara Children’s Literature Conference’s Favorite Philosopher’s Award, Kandhei, Rupathalia, Aam Sunachand National Children’s Literature Parliament, Jaleshwar Children’s Literature Parliament, Rajdhani Children’s Literary Award, Chandrabhaga Poetry Award, Anandpur Literary Award, Gaon Majlis Literary Award, Bishub Literary Award, Rashtadoot, RangaRaga, Ajikali and s many literary and art institutions awards

Published books: ‘Thekua Ghar Thekuar’, ‘Duniata Eka Pathasala’, ‘Pasu pakhira Kabita’, ‘Patha Batai Bat’, ‘Janam Mati Katha’ and ‘Pashu Pakhira Kahani’, ‘Fala kumari’, ‘Children’s Literature and Children’s Art’, Learn to Draw by Numbers. Easy Picture Lessons’ Poetry Book ‘Priyatma’ ‘Chupchup Chupadi” Preeti’raPruthibi’ Banhi Beena, ‘Minister’s Neighbors’ (Comic), Fiction – ‘Stories of Unemployed Life’, Pictures and Pictures of Man, Odisha Art and Achievements, Children’s Literature and Children Picture art, audio-visual, etc.

Editor: ‘Shankhabela’

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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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