It was followed by paintings exhibition

34 young painters from across the State participated in the workshop

OMA will host an exclusive exhibition of works by women artists on March 8

BHUBANESWAR: Utkal Charukala Parishad in association with the city-based Odisha Modern Art Gallery and Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, Kolkata, hosted a two-day State-level art workshop at the Gallery that concluded on Monday. It was followed by an exhibition of the works painted during the workshop.

Thirty-four young painters from across the State participated in the workshop that focused on paintings with water colours. The participants also included students from all art colleges in the State. “We rarely come across use of water colours by artists these days and this promoted us to have an exclusive artists’ camp here to inspire the young painters to try their hands at water colours,” remarked Gallery director Tarakant Parida.

Well-known artists

Utkal Charukala Parishad was set up in early 60s by a group of young artists of the State to promote art activities in Orissa, said the parishad president and former vice-president of Orissa State Lalit Kala Akademi Sarat Rath. Most of the parishad’s members have been well-known artists today, he added. The activities of the forum were being taken up by the new generation artists, he added.

During the workshop, the participating artists interacted with some of the senior artists of the State who visited the camp. They included Shyam Sundar Patnaik, Panchanan Samal, Durga Charan Panda, Nikunja Behari Das, Chitra Patnaik and Minaketan Patnaik.

Orissa Modern Art Gallery would host an exclusive exhibition of the works by women artists of Orissa coinciding with the International Women’s Day celebrations on March 8, said Tarakant.