BERHAMPUR; Berhampur Development Authority presents a two day Festival, PAGo (Public Arts in Gopalpur) on 25-26 March 2017. The PAGo Fest is designed as an initiation into making Gopalpur an Art Town cum Eco-Retreat Hub of Odisha. The name PAGo standing for Public Art in Gopalpur. The abbreviation PAGo in Odia is a reference to our intangible heritage of practices around food as it means to spice up a curry to make it more delicious. PAGo is also an attempt at spicing up Gopalpur to make it more attractive to travellers.
The main aim and objects behind the concept which was taken proper initiation by the Ganjam Collector,Prem Chandra Choudhury and the Secretary,Berhampur Development Authority,Ms Dipti Mohapatra that the district will focus on the heritage and rich cultural traditions of Gopalpur and Ganjam and attempt to reinvent and re-present them in a contemporary idiom. It will draw attention to the rich cultural traditions of Ganjam such as the Bagha Nacha or crafts such as the Brass Metal fish of Bellaguntha or the Ganjapa playing cards and textiles such as Berhampuri Silk. It will also highlight Gopalpur’s maritime and trade history as well as its more recent history of Phailin. Some of the highlights of this festival are; Murals,Installations , Participatory Art Activity (Mural Painting) ,Ethnic Cultural performances , Workshop (Clay Modelling and Sand Casting).
This will include murals and installations on some of the heritage sites as well as near them on walls of buildings etc. There will be a strong attempt to engage with the local community and involve children (both local and tourists) in the workshops to learn art and craft as well.
The Collector,Mr Choudhury said to media person that, this initiative is partly supported by Department of Handloom, Textile and Handicraft and Department of Tourism, Odisha (Govt of Odisha). Bakul Foundation will take charge of curetting and coordinating the Public Arts component of PAGo and will conceptualize the festival and mobilize artists and curate the art works. Detour Odisha would be the official social media partner for the entire event.
Today the two day street art festival, Public Arts in Gopalpur (PAGo) ended in style with vibrant entertainment programmes rocking the art town. Popular artists from Odisha enthralled the visitors with splendid music and dance programmes. An interactive session named 'Vision for Gopalpur' was conducted, discussing various potentials, issues and opportunities for developing the destination as a new hub towards Wellness.IG,Police southern range Mr Amitabh Thakur, Collector,Ganjam,Mr Prem Chandra Choudhury,MLA Berhampur,Ramesh Chandra Chyu Patnaik, Prof. Bishnu Charan Chaudhary, Prof. S. Rama Rao and other panellist gave their views about the same.
The Brahmapur Development Authority has envisioned to develop "Eco Retreat on Sea" Project on PPP mode and has invited expression of interest from investors for the same. The art installations and murals would be further relocated along the beach front for the remaining days. SDIPRO,Ms Pramilla Majhi co-ordinated the event very nicely.