Balasore, January 9 (Odisha.in) The artists and art loving people of Balasore recently witnessed a national art camp that they would love to never forget.
For the first time they had the opportunity to discuss with the invited artists about their arts, concepts and exchange their views with them.
Arranged by Chandrabhaga, a Balasore-based socio-cultural organization, the open-air art camp “Creative Strokes” was aimed to promote, propagate and popularize the art and artists.
“Though art has gone a sea change in recent times, but in the states like Orissa, there are a few takers for it. We feel it is only because they fail to understand the art and its growing demand. So we decided to bring the artists of national level come closer to the local artists and people as well,” said Kesudas, convener.
While 24 artists from Orissa and outside states, most of them youths, participated in the camp and produced their favourite pieces, hundreds converged to Gandhismruti Bhavan where it was held to have a look and purchase it.
Artists from Assam, Lucknow, Gadipur, Chitrakut, Muzaphar Nagar, Alligarh, Medinipur, Jaipur, Allhabad, Rourkela, Balangir, Keonjhar, Bhadrak and Balasore participated in the camp.
“It is a unique experience for me as I managed to participate in such a great camp. Though I have taken part in a few camps in Orissa but it is different because here we make visitors understand our painting on the spot while making final touch to it. Here people are more art enthusiastic,” remarked Ashutosh Mishra, an artist from Lucknow.
Echoed Dhirendra Gupta, another artist from Chitrakut. “Orissa has link with Chitrakut. In my painting I have tried to focus the links through a modern art,” he said. Titled “Milan” his painting was one of the most appreciated paintings in the camp.
However, out of 24, two paintings were most appreciated. Made by Biswajit Pramanik from Balasore and Partha Sarathi Mohanty from Rourkela the paintings forced art lovers to look them again and again.
“My art was a sculpture on the canvas. Though it was created on two dimensional plane but it would give the visitors a feel of 3-D view,” said Pramanik. Mohanty’s piece was unique as it was though made by colours but without touching the brush on the canvas.
People who ventured to the camp said the pieces were excellent and based on extraordinarily new concepts. “The camp was good and paintings too. Many times I fail to understand the paintings. I am happy that I could interact with the artists and realize their concepts,” said Pramothes Puhan, a MR.
“The paintings would be sold and the profits would be kept for next year’s camp. We have received good response from the outside artists and are determined to invite more artists in the years to come,” said Srideb, programme director.