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Oddiyan: Six Contemporary Painters

Ramesh P. Panigrahi (Editor) Dinanath Pathy (Editor)
Synopsis This is a pioneering study on the six contemporary painters of Orissa with an introduction that ponders the ontology and history of the Orissan school of painting. The six representative painters : Dinanath Pathy, Chandrasekhar Rao, Siba Panigrahi, Kashinath Jena, D. Narayan Rao and Ramahari Jena, though very often widely divergent in character and expression, nevertheless present an organic cohesiveness and a world view which traditionally as well as by latest standards, are Orissan. It is this unity of expression that adds a special quality to the present work. The contemporary postmodern scenario of Indian painting with-Baroda school, Madras school, Santiniketan school and a few other schools would seem inadequate for a national dialogue in the absence of the contemporary Orissan school. Oddiyan, as a title, not only restores the Odia school of painting in the contemporary void, but also traces the growth and marvels of our practicing painters.
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About the authors

Ramesh P. Panigrahi

Ramesh Prasad Panigrahi (b. 1944) is a formerly faculty in the postgraduate department of English, Ravenshaw College, Cuttack. A specialist on Indian drama and postmodern American theatre, Mr. Panigrahi is better known in media circle as playwright, director, screenplay writer and theatre anthropologist. He has directed Sam Shepard’s Icarus’ Mother and Buried Child for the campus theatre and has acted in several plays – both in Oriya and English languages. Panigrahi has worked as writer-director for the Jatra folk plays, some of which John Russell Brown has witnessed and praised in an article “Jatra theatre and Elizabethan Dramaturgy” published in New theatre Quarterly (1993). Dr. Panigrahi is seen occasionally moving across the countryside with folk and tribal artists on truck boards beyond his teaching hours. He is an exact contemporary of Sam Shepard and both of the them have started their careers in 1963. During these four dacades of his show-biz career, he has written about more than fifty plays with Sahitya Akademi Award (1984) and a Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (2001) to his credit. He has co-edited books in English on painting and culture studies, and Sangeet Natak Akademi has published his book captioned Perspectives on Odissi theatre. Besides literature, he teaches screenplay writing, E-journalism, Event Management, Culture Studies and Creative Writing as a guest faculty in different institutions. Currently, he officiates as a delegated Board Member for the Central Board of film Certification, Mumbai.

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Dinanath Pathy

Dinanath Pathy, is a practising contemporary painter, writer and art historia. Designed and curated International Exhibitions-Indian Popular Art in Sweden and USSR for Festival Orissan Festival in Indonesia. Acted as Commissioner, Director and Jury for prestigious International events like, 7th Triennale India, 4th Cairo Biennale, National Contemporary Art Exhibition etc. Co-author to Dr. Eberhard Fischer for publications-Orissa Kunst and Kulture in Nordost Indien, 1980, Die Perlenkette Dem Geliebten Elf illustrierte Palmblatter Zur Rasika Haravali, 1990, Murals for goddesses and Gods-The Tradition of Osakothi Ritual Paintings in Orissa, 1996. Illustrated Childern books for Unicef, New York in collaboration with Eberhard and Barbara Fischer. Author of Traditional Paintings of Orissa, Essence of Orissan Paintings, Painted Icons and Mural Paintings in Orissa. Exhibited in India and in Zurich, Japan, Indonesia, Sweden, Moscow, China and London. Awarded President of India Silver Plaque for Painting, A.L. Basham Memorial Awarded President of India Silver Plaque for Painting, A.L. Basham Memorial Award for Research, Sahitya Akademi Award for Creative Writing, and Certificate of Honour in 98 International China Art Expo. Recipient of British Council Fellowship, Nehru Trust, Victoria & Albert Museum Fellowship, Japan Foundation Fellowship and BEF Foundation, Zurich Fellowship. Held important assignments-Curator of Art and Crafts, Orissa State Museum, Founder Principal, B.K. College of Art and Crafts, Bhubaneswar and Secretary, Lalit Kala akademi, New Delhi. Now working on "Renewal Art-The Indian Tradition with specific reference to the work of Citrakaras in Orissa" on a Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowsship.

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Bibliographic information

Title Oddiyan: Six Contemporary Painters
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1997
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8186622241
length 111p., Plates.