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Media Friend Devkumar No More.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 08:13 Written by

CLOSE MEDIA FRIEND P. DEV KUMAR IS NO MORE.

Bhubaneswar,(06/06/2017):My dearest friend P. Dev Kumar is no more. This shocking news was passed on to me by my friend Mr Ramesh Parida, Editor of INDIA TV, today (6th June 2017) morning in the chat box of face book. Mr Parida reminded me that he was first introduced to me by Mr Dev Kumar who was the Bureau Chief of U.N.I. and Mr Paruda was with the Hindusthan Samachar.

Devkumar subsequently became my neighbour in Unit-3. He was also very close to my brother like Swarup Jena ( Kuni Bhai) whom he was calling "Kunia" and sharing many things with him.

Dev Kumar was a bachelor. When his marriage was fixed with a girl from Gujrat and was solemnised in Bhubaneswar, both Kuni Bhai and myself signed the marriage registration documents as witnessess.

Subsequently he was transferred to Delhi and remained busy with his assignments. But we were contnstly in touch over phone and whenever he was visiting Bhubaneswar after sad demise of Kuni Bhai he was spending much time with me, Barendra Bbau, Gopal Bhaina and our seniors like N.R, Swamy, N.K. Swamy, Balakrushna Kanungo etc. Though many of us were belonging to rival journalist unions, we aere one as far as professional works were cocerned. He was always treating me both as a close friend and younger brother.

Devkumar was the third son of Elababu and Kamalini of Berhampur, who had four sons and two daughters. All the brothers and sisters were highly educated and welplaced.

Biswamoy A Top & Thinkar Is No More

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 08:06 Written by

GREAT LOSS TO ODISHA: BISWAMOY A TOP SCHOLAR AND LEFTIST THINKAR IS NO MORE 

Prasanta Patnaik

it is most shocking that Dr. Biswamoy Pati, one of the leading historians of the country is no more. Dr Pati left for his heavenly abode on June 23rd 2017 beacuse of sudden cardiac arrest.

Dr. Biswamoy's contribution to Odishan history highlighting the struggle of tribal, peasants and marginal people of Odisha is immense and undoubtedly he was the torch bearer of subaltern history in Odisha. His path breaking studies on 19th century Odisha guided many of us to explore into many dark chapters which remained unexplored. Personally he was very impulsive and extremely loveable.

Biswamoy Pati was Associate Professor in Modern Indian History, University of Delhi. His latest publications include South Asia from the Margins: Echoes of Orissa, 1800-2000 (2012).
Born: 1955.

He was son of noted academician  mathematician of world repute and former Vice-Chancellor of Allahabad University (AU) Prof Tibikram Pati.

Professor Tribikram Pati-popularly known as Prof T Pati- served as the Vice-Chancellor of Allahabad University (1990-91) and Shri Jagannath Sanskrit University, Puri. He is the son of Late Prof Ratnakar Pati, an eminent philosopher, and grandson of 'Utkalmani' Gopabandhu Das, the first president of the Orissa Congress.

A famous mathematician, Prof Pati adorned the chair of Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Jabalpur University, for about 9 years before holding the same position at AU for almost 17 years between 1972 and 1989. …

Biswamoy was a great scholar who had authored

South Asia from the margins: Echoes of Orissa, 1800-2000, Manchester University, Press, 2012.

 Biswamoy Pati, Ed. Balgangadhar Tilak: Popular Readings, (Primus Books, Delhi, 2011). This book has my short Editorial Note and my chapter ‘Nationalist politics and the “making” of Bal Gangadhar Tilak’, 93-111.

Biswamoy Pati Ed. Adivasis in Colonial India: Survival, Resistance and Negotiation (Orient BlackSwan, New Delhi, 2011), this is a part of the Indian Council for Historical Research ‘Monograph Series’; it has 13 chapters, which includes my Editorial Introduction (1-30) and my chapter entitled, ‘Survival as resistance: Tribals in colonial Orissa’, 237-265.

 Biswamoy Pati, Identity, Hegemony, Resistance: Towards a Social History of Conversions in Orissa, 1800-2000 (Three Essays Collective, New Delhi, 2003), German Reprint, Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbucken, 2011.

Biswamoy Pati and Mark Harrison Ed. The Social History of Health and Medicine in Colonial India, (Routledge, U.K. 2009), Indian Reprint, Primus Books, New Delhi, 2011. This book has an Editorial note, ‘Social History of Health and Medicine: Colonial India’, (co-authored; 1-14); and twelve chapters. My (coauthored) chapter is entitled, ‘The Leprosy Patient and Society: Colonial Orissa, 1870s – 1940s’, 113-28.

Biswamoy Pati Ed. The Great Rebellion of 1857: Transgressions, Contests and Diversities, Routledge U.K. 2010. This book has an Introduction (1-15) and a chapter authored by me entitled, ‘Beyond Colonial Mapping: Common People, Fuzzy Boundaries and the Rebellion of 1857’, 46-62.


Waltraud Ernst and Biswamoy Pati, Eds. India's Princely States: People, Princes and Colonialism (Routledge, U.K. 2007), Indian Reprint, Primus Books, 2010. My contribution includes the Introduction (co-authored; 1-15), and a chapter entitled, ‘The order of legitimacy: Princely Orissa, 1850-1947’, 85-98.

Jayant Mohapatra Felicitated

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 07:17 Written by

Prasanta Patnaik,(26/06/2017)
 

EMINENT ENGLISH POET JAYANT MOHAPATRA FELICITATED BY GAUHER RAZA

Eminent English poet Jayanta Mohapatra was felicited by famous scinetst and Urdu poet Gauher Raza on the 9th anniversary of Aksyar in a colorful function at IDCOL auditoroum on Monday evenig.Padmashree Bihuti Patnaik and a host of progressive writers also attended the function.

Mr Gauhar Raza is an Indian scientist by profession, and a leading Urdu poet, social activist and documentary filmmaker working to popularize the understanding of science among general public,He is  known for his films like Jung-e-Azadi, on the India's First War of Independence, and Inqilab (2008) on Bhagat Singh.. He was also the honorary director of Jahangirabad

Born in a left liberal family in Allahabad, UP, India on 17 August 1956. His family shifted to Aligarh in 1958. His father Wizarat Husain (1919 to 2007) was a freedom fighter, a communist party member and a renowned educationist and science teacher in Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. His mother, a social worker, was also intensely involved in freedom struggle and had worked with Indira Gandhi in Allahabad.

He completed B.Sc. Engineering from Aligarh Muslim University, in 1977 and M. Tech. (Power Apparatus and Systems) from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi 1979.

Raza was happy to felicitate Mr Jayanta Mohapatra.   (born 22 October 1928) who is  one of the best known Indian English poets..He is the first ever Indian poet to win Sahitya Akademi award for English poetry. He is the author of such popular poems as Indian Summer and Hunger, which are regarded as classics in modern Indian English literature. He is also a winner of Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour in India.

Jayanta returned his Padma Shri to protest against the rising intolerance in India for which he was bitterly criticised by the rightists in the country.

Besides being one of the popular Indian poets of his generation, Mahapatra was also part of the trio of poets who laid the foundations of Indian English Poetry. He shared a special bond with A. K. Ramanujan, one of the finest poets in the IEP tradition. Mahapatra is also different in not being a product of the Bombay school of poets besides R. Parthasarathy. Over time, he has managed to carve a quiet, tranquil poetic voice of his own—distinctly different from those of his contemporaries. His wordy lyricism combined with Indian themes put him in a league of his own. {Needs Citation} In a Conversation with Jaydeep Sarangi.

(link :http://www.museindia.com/regularcontent.asp?issid=51&id=4461 ) Mahapatra says, "Meeting with A D Hope, especially in his warm home in Canberra, and with his charming wife, Penelope, is an unforgettable happening in my life. The man's humility was amazing, it humbled me. It was a lesson. I wrote a sort of editorial piece on him in the magazine I was editing—Chandrabhaga, and I'd like you to read what I had said. This appeared in the journal in 1979."

All his working life, he taught physics at various colleges in Odisha including Gangadhar Meher College, Sambalpur, B.J.B College, Bhubaneswar, Fakir Mohan College, Balasore and Ravenshaw College, Cuttack. He retired in 1986.[5]

Mahapatra has authored 27 books of poems, of which seven are in Oriya and the rest in English. His poetry volumes include Relationship, Bare Face and Shadow Space. Mahapatra is a Sahitya Akademi awardee, and also a recipient of the Jacob Glatstein award conferred by Poetry magazine, Chicago. He was also awarded the Allen Tate Poetry Prize for 2009 from The Sewanee Review, Sewanee, USA. He received the SAARC Literary Award, New Delhi, 2009. Besides poetry, he has experimented widely with myriad forms of prose. His published books of prose are Green Gardener, an anthology of short stories and Door of Paper: Essay and Memoirs. Mahapatra is also a distinguished editor and has been bringing out, for many years, a literary magazine, Chandrabhaga, from Cuttack. The magazine is named after Chandrabhaga, a prominent river in Orissa. His poems appeared in many prestigious poetry anthologies like The Dance of the Peacock: An Anthology of English Poetry from India,[6] published by Hidden Brook Press,[7]Canada.

 

He began writing poems when he was in the age of 40. The publication of his first book of poems, Svayamvara and Other Poems, in 1971 was followed by the publication of Close The Sky Ten By Ten. One of Mahapatra's better remembered works is the long poem Relationship, for which he was the first Indian English poet to win the Sahitya Akademi award in 1981.

He was conferred the Padma Shri in 2009 by the president of India and was awarded an honorary doctorate by Ravenshaw University on 2 May 2009. He was also awarded Litt. D. degree by Utkal University in 2006.

Books by Jayanta Mahapatra

Poetry

· 1971: Close the Sky Ten by Ten, Calcutta: Dialogue Publications

· 1971: Svayamvara and Other Poems, Calcutta: Writers Workshop

· 1976: A Father's Hours, Delhi: United Writers

· 1976: A Rain of Rites, Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press

· 1979: Waiting, Samkaleen Prakashan

· 1980: The False Start, Bombay: Clearing House

· 1980: Relationship, Greenfield, New York: Greenfield Review Press

Prose

·  1997: The Green Gardener, short stories, Hyderabad: Orient Longman

·  2006: Door of Paper: Essay and Memoirs, New Delhi: Authrospress

·  2011: Bhor Moitra Kanaphula. In Oriya. Bhubaneswar, Paschima

Poetry in Oriya

· 1993: Bali (The Victim), Cutack: Vidyapuri

· 1995: Kahibe Gotiye Katha (I'll Tell A Story), Arya Prakashan

·  1997: Baya Raja(The Mad Emperor), Cuttack: Vidyapuri

·  2004: Tikie Chhayee (A Little Shadow), Cuttack; Vidyapuri

·  2006: Chali (Walking), Cuttack: Vidyapuri

·  2008: Jadiba Gapatie (Even If It's A Story), Cuttack: Friends Publishers

·  2011: Smruti Pari Kichhiti (A Small Memory), Cuttack: Bijayini

Critical studies

· The Poetry of Jayanta Mahapatra: Themes & Imagery by Vivekanand Jha, New Delhi: Authorspress, ISBN 978-8172736736[9]

·  2001: Bijay Kumar Das, The Poetry of Jayanta Mahapatra: 3rd revised and enlarged edition; New Delhi: Atlantic, ISBN 81-7156-968-4[10]

·  2006: Jaydeep Sarangi and Gauri Shankar Jha (eds), The Indian Imagination of Jayanta Mahapatra, New Delhi: Sarup and Sons, 2006, ISBN 81-7625-622-6, a compilation of critical articles.[11]

·  Jaydeep Sarangi, Jayanta Mahapatra Joy of Living and Loving in His Poetry, Aavishkar Publishers' Distributors, 2012, ISBN 8179103749. Printed INR: 600.00, hardcover, 162 pp.

·  Zinia Mitra, "Poetry of Jayanta Mahapatra Imagery and Experiential Identity",Authorspress,2012,ISBN 978-81-7273-655-2 Hardcover,INR:500,172pp

· Shiba Shankar Nath,"The Poetry of Jayanta Mahapatra:A Study in Imagery",Delhi:Authorspress,2014,ISBN 978-81-7273-897-6.Printed INR: 700.00,hardcover,173 pp.

Awards

·   RL Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award for Poetry, 2013, Hyderabad.

·   Second Prize – International Who's Who in Poetry, London, 1970.

·   Jacob Glatstein Memorial Award – Poetry, Chicago, 1975.

·  Visiting Writer – International Writing Program, Iowa City 1976–77.

·  Cultural Award Visitor, Australia, 1978.

·  Japan Foundation – Visitor's Award, Japan, 1980.

Asish Made Me Proud (2)

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 07:02 Written by

ASISH MADE ME PROUD

Prasanta Patnaik, Dated.26th Sept,2017

I was simply charmed to see the excellent, exciting and exclusive wildlife photo exhibition of young photographer Asish Dhir, organised at Lalit Kala Kendra , Bhubnaeswar.As the exhibition was one of its kind in the state which exhibited a number of wildlife photographs taken in wild environment as well as in different zoos. Ashis was known to me since his childhood as his illustrious father Prafulla Chandra Dhir, who was serving in India Railways was a close friend of ,ine amd his mother Banaprava was a close friend of my wife Chandraprava

Because photography was the common interest of Mr Dhir and  myself we became intimate friends and had shared many adventure by  covering many places an d events in my two wheeler which we were carrying in the goods train in the Guard's cabin. We were covering fairs and festivals, tribal life, wildlife and natural calamities.



Ashis decided to make his career in Video Journalism and worked for many national TV channels. As I was working for channels like EENADU Television, Star Plus ( Aaj ki Baat), and India TV, Ashis had to join me, Sampad Mohapatra (ND TV), And DN Singh ( Zee TV) on many assignments.. While handling sophisticated video cameras, Ashis was also carrying good still cameras with him to take snaps for his personal collection.

During his professional career Ashis had to travel a lot . As he was very much painstaking , he had no hesitation to work from early morning till late in the night. Since he is completely veterinarian and does not take any milk product I was facing lots of problems when he was travelling with me on some assignments.  For him I was always careful and was carrying sufficient amounts of biscuits, banana, orange etc. which he was sharing with all others also. As hia nick name is "Bapi" which also the nickname of my eldest son Partha, we both were very much comfortable with each other and Ashis was also very friendly with Partha, though they belonged to different professions.

To make his career in TV journalism as a good cameraman, Ashis had to leave Odisha for Delhi and spent quite good time travelling with his team to different places in the country. Wildlife photography being his first love Ashis never left any opportunity to cover wildlife . I vividly remember the days during 1999 Super Cyclone when Ashis was closely travelling with me to the worst affected areas to shoot the human tragedy.

As I had shared many eventful moments with his father Mr P.C.Dhir and also shared many experiences with Ashis, I was very much excited to see his excellent shots of wildlife both in captivity as well as in wild ambiance.

My eldest son Partha ( Bapi ) accompanied me to the " Call of the Wild " exhibition where we met Mr Biren Das, a noted media person with whose team Asish was associated along with many promising photographers and videographers like Sabyasachi Panigrahi,, Dillip Dhal Samant and many others.

Notably Ashis wildlife photo exhibition was inaugurated by Gajapati Divyasingh Dev, Maharaja of Puri who also happens to be a wildlife photographer.

The exhibits were neatly displayed and were ad mired by both young and old viewers . Many of them preferred to take selfies with exhibits in the backdrop.

 

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Parida Who Changes His Colour

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 06:44 Written by

THUS SPOKE PRASANTA: BAISHNAB PARIDA WHO CHANGES HIS COLOUR LIKE A CHAMELION

Bhubaneswar,10/10/17:Demand of former  BJD Rajya Sabha member Baishnab Parida for resignation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has raised many eyebrows all over, Those who know Naveen Patnaik and also Parida fail to understand the resaon behind Parida making such a strange demand which has bo relivance at all. I would suggest the redaers to have a look at Parida's political career to know about his frequently changing ideology.

He was born on 15 February 1941 in Srirampur, P.S. Mangalpur of Jajpur district,Odisha.His father Jagbandhu Parida was a worker in jute mill in Kolkata and a folk singer and his mother Sulochana Parida was a housewife. His early School education was at Mangalpur primary School. He was admitted to Mahtab High School at Mangalpur.

After his matriculation, he moved to Kolkata to continue his higher studies as his father was working there. He completed his Graduation in Kolkata from Bangabasi College and  MA In Political Science from the Universityof Calcutta.Later he completed his M.Phil from Moscow Univeresity.

He was a member o Communist Party of India  (CPI) from 1960 to 1992. A great follower of Karl Marx and his ideology, he slowly and steadily got involved in trade union and labour movement in West Bengal. In 1964 he was elected as member of Executive Committee of West Bengal Students Federation. Before that in 1963 he established West Bengal Oriya Students Association and in 1965 established West Bengal Oriya Citizen Council at Kolkata. In 1965 he formed Soviet Land (Oriya Editor) as a member of its editorial board. He continued as a member until 1975. He married Swarna Lata Parida on 3 March 1972.

In 1974 Baishnab Parida moved to Moscow with his family for a special assignment for Indo-Soviet coordination. He stayed there until 1989. During his stay in  Russia he held several positions. He was the correspondent o RIA Novosti from 1984 to 1989. He was elected as General Secretary of Indian Association in 1988. During that time he was special correspondent of the  Samaja [Oriya Daily] and Eastern Media for East European countries.

After fifteen years in Moscow he returned to Odisha. A Marxist and socialist  at heart, he had to leave CPI due to some differences on application of Marxist ideology in Indian reality. During his stay in Moscow he read literature on Mohandas K.Gandhi and Ambedkar , slowly and steadily he was attracted towards Gandhian Philosophy and Lohia' s ideology. And eventually in 1993 he joined Indian National Congress. Until 1998 he was in Congress but due to his differences with the state party leadership he left congress and joined Samajwadi Party   in 1999 as its State President. He was in Samajwadi party until he resigned in 2008. In 2008 he joined BJD by pampering the then BJD mentor Pyarimohan Mohapatra. He was rewarded by Mohapatra and was nominated to Rajya Sabha ignoring the claims of many honest and loyal Biju Patnaik devotees.

By that time Parida had changed his clour from CPI to Congress and from Congress to Samajwadi Party allegedly to avail political and financial benifits. For the fourth time Parifa changed his colour to join the ruling party.

Now Parida claims that Naveen Patnaik should resign because he does not know Odia. Was Parida ignorant about this fact before joining BJD of which Patnaik was the supremo and was functioning as the party President as well as the Chief Minister ? He was very much vocal in praising Naveen Patnaik for his contribution to Odisha's development and making Odia a classical language.

The Chief Minister has also issued notification announcing Odia as the official language, establishment of Odia language and literature University etc. Even worst critics of the Chief Minister admit that no other Chief Minister have done so much for promotion of Odia language and literature.

Agriculture minister and veteran BJD leader Dr. Damodar Rout has rightly questioned why Parida was silent during his tenure as a Rajya Sabha Member from Odisha he has also claimed that Chief Minister Patnaik knows Odia much better than Patida. Dr Raseswari Panigrahi leader from Western Odisha has also raised similar question to whicch Parida has remained silent.

Interestingly Parida has threatened to lunch a state wide agitation against the Chief Minister from October 16th making lamguage an issue. But what answer Parida will give to the people if they would ask him about his contribution to the Odia language and literature ? Many political observers feel that Parida might be keen to change his colour to saffron finally by trying to be a Naveen baiter. But such a move without any public support will be boomeranged and he will loose his face for ever.

Though on several occasions the critics and opposition have tried to make Naveen Patnaik's vocabilary in Odia a major issue to influence voters in the State, people of the State are repeatedly supporting him and his actions since last 17 years. It is hightime Parida should realise the reality and change his political selfish agenda.

JP foundation felicited Prasanta Patnaik

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 06:40 Written by

The Jayprakash Narayan foundation felicited ,Sanchar,Editor,Prasanta Patnaik

Report;Bureau,Odishabarta

Bhubaneswar,12/10/17:The Jayprakash Narayan foundation felicited ,Sanchar,Editor,Prasanta Patnaik and others for their contribution to the society against exploitation on on the 115th birth day of  Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan.

Those who were felicited were well-known trade union leader Kruchna Chandra Patra, former SSP leaders , advocate Sisir  Das , Chitta Mohanty and others.

All of them were very much active in  JP movement along with Chandrasekhar ji.

 Sashibhusan Behera, Minister Finance and Excise who is well-known for his leftist and pro-people activities, was the Chief Guest. While Shyamji Tripathy who was actively associated with Jayaprakashji and former Prime Minister Candrasekharji was the Chief  Speaker.

A number of thinkers and leaders of leftist parties also spoke. All the speakers expressed their grave concern over the manner in which Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and BJP,National President,Amit  Shah were leading the country. They alleged that they are following footsteps of Adolf Hitler by reacting lies many times and creating illusion of "ACHHADIN" in mind of poor and innocent Indians. They urged that the people of the country should rise to the occasion for bringing a real kranti to save the country from the hands of BJP and its allies who are busy branding the real patriots as "anti nationals" .


Ms Laxmipriya Mohanty,Chairperson of the foundation and Panchanan Senapati ,Secretary ,as well as all members of the foundation participated in the celebration.

Cartoonist Satish Acharya

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 06:37 Written by

CARTOONIST SATISH ACHARYA : WHO HITS HARD WITH A SMILE

By Prasanta Patnaik

Dated.25/10/17:I loved cartoons from my childhood and was a regular reader of "Niankhuntia" edited by versatule poet , story writer and critic Gosabarish Mohapatra . He was famous for his satires and was popularly known as Niakhunta Moapatra. Subsequently during my college days I came in contact witth great satirist Dr Ramchandra Mishra who was known as Faturananda. After completion of my post graduation from Ravishaw College Cuttack while persuing journalism as my career I vetured to start "Chandrika" a magazine devoted to news, features, art and culture. I was trying my best to publish some thought-rovoking cartoons in every issue. On many occasions I had to lift good cartoons published in Shankar's Weekly, Indian Express and other newspapers drawn by eminent cartoons of the country.

My love for cartoons continued and after taking over as the editor of "Sanchar" Odia daily, I could manage to introduce a daily cartoon drawn by an young catoonist Santosh Mohapatra. Cartoons in Sanchar were well acceoted and appreciated. However Santosh had to leave us to join a large publication house with very high salary.

But my hunger to enjoy good cartoons continued. My hunger almost came to an end when I came accross brilliant cartoons of Satish Acharya who is an Indian Carttonist from Karnataka.


In 2015, Acharya was featured as one among 24 thinkers named by Forbes India as the best India-based intellectuals who are well regarded outside India.

Acharya is a self-taught cartoonist without any formal training in art. As a student he earned pocket-money by contributing cartoons to Kannada publications like Taranga, Sudha and Tushar.[4] He studied MBA in finance from Mangalore University after doing BCom from Bhandarkar’s College,  , Kundapura.

After completing MBA, Acharya moved to Mumbai and started in an advertising agency as an account executive, but quit to pursue cartooning. He got his first break as a political cartoonist with Mumbai-based English tabloid Mid-Day.He started working with Midday as a staff cartoonist in 2003 and contributed to daily cartoon column for nine years.

Acharya's cartoon on the Charlie Hebdo Massacre   was regarded as the one of the most powerful cartoons on the tragedy by the foreign media and the cartoon was published in newspapers including The Wall Street Journals. The Times and The Guardian.

Acharya has written three cartoon books, Mein, Hum and AAP in English, Cartoonishta in Kannada, Negipuggi in Kundapra Kannada.

His cricket-cartoon book Non-Striker which was officially released on 31 January 2017  in Bengaluru.

I am reprducing here few hard-hittng cartoons of Satish Acharya, who fearlessly contribute cartoons .

Guru Of Shilpi Gurus Is No More

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 06:22 Written by

GURU OF SHILPI GURUS IS NO MORE

Prasanta Patnaik

Bhubaneswar,31/10/17:Gokul Behari Patnaik, who was regarded as the Guru of most of the Shilpi Gurus of Odisha is no more. He left for his heavenly abode on Monday.( October 30th 2017 ) night at 11.20 P.M. leaving behind his family members , thousands of students and admirers..He was 84 and was suffering from dreaded cancer for last few months.

Gokul Behari Pattanaik, 84 years, was one of the oldest a well known artisan of patta chittra from Orissa. He is practicing this art form since a young age. Though father Giridhari Patnaik  was also into artistic things but was not into Patta Chitra or Palm Leaf engraving. He went to Lucknow to learn commercial art and started palm leaf engraving around 1961 He is believed to have introduced scroll painting for the first time in 1963. Received national award in 1968. He had trained a lot of students for the last many years. Some of his ex-students have also received national awards and honors in this art form.



As the Superintendent of State Handicraft Training Institute , he trained up many students in stone carving, patta painting, palm-leaf carving and efferent crafts while maintaining the Odishi style.

He has exhibited his products a number of times at Delhi Haat and Suraj Kund and once each at Kolkata & Mumbai. Had been to California in 1985 for 3.5 months. Was again sent to Indonesia by the Orissa govt. for a week in 1993.

Shilpiguru Gokul Bihari Pattnaik was  well-known as a gentleman artist in Odishan artist community, was  one of the most

respected  artist due to his long noncontroversial carrier and major contribution to the next generation of traditional Chitrakar Society. Some of his students bagged national awards in Pattachitra and he is among very few Gurus who continued the GURUKUL tradition intact. More than sixty students of Gokul Bihari presently practicing and experimenting various forms of Pattachitra under his guidance at his village studio (at Olasingh of Khurda district) and at his Bhubaneswar studio at Old town as well.

He was painting Pata Chitra in every early morning and around 10 hours a day even at this age of 83. He is the first Odia artist who is experimenting on Odishi Chitra (Pattachitra) since late Sixties. He sacrificed his mainstreamed carrier to save Odishi Pattachitra Parampara which was in dying condition in the Sixties. He has created a huge scope for Odishan classical art form (Odishi Pattachitra) what can be called as the MANTRA of mechanisation of art in the sixties but humbly hesitate to take the credit which is a sign of a great person.

His MANTRA of success helped the fellow Chitrakar community to survive with dignity by introducing Pattachitra in various mediums like on Silk, Fashion clothes etc. He has done his Diploma in art at Govt. College of art and crafts, Lucknow in 1959. He has participated in many international workshops and shows till date. He will be remembered by the artsans of Odisha for his contribution to the traditional art form and making it commercially viable while maintain the originality.

A bio-pic Ranga Trshna was produced on life and works of the great artist which was released early this year and was highly appreciated by the viewers.

As a media person I have come in contact with a number of National awardee artists and craftsmen of Odisha most of whom were very close to her and many were his students or colleagues in the State Handicraft Tra8inng Institute. In true sense he was a Guru of the Gurus and would be remembered for ever.

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