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‘Shadows of Silence’ wins acclaim

Shyamhari Chakra
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Many visit exhibition of paintings and photographs by senior civil servant

A visitor taking keen interest in the exhibits at ‘Shadows of Silence’, in Bhubaneswar on Sunday.—Photo: Lingaraj Panda
A visitor taking keen interest in the exhibits at ‘Shadows of Silence’, in Bhubaneswar on Sunday.—Photo: Lingaraj Panda

An exhibition of paintings and photographs titled ‘Shadows of Silence’ by city-based senior civil servant C.T.M. Suguna organised at Jayadev Bhawan here by the city-based Odisha Modern Art Gallery was opened on Saturday evening.

The four-day show showcasing 78 works — a sequel to her earlier exhibition of paintings and photographs under the same title — was inaugurated by Central Lalit Kala Akademi Secretary Ramakrishna Vedala in the presence of Odisha State Lalit Kala Akademi president Siba Panigrahi and a host of artists and art admirers of the State.

The 1989-batch IAS officer, a top ranked bureaucrat of Odisha Government, was born in Coimbatore and was brought up in Chennai. A student of history, she was a leading sportsperson in her youth besides being an avid athlete and a horse-rider. She was an opening batsman and a medium pace bowler who had represented Madras University and Tamil Nadu State later.

Passion for art

“Though the artist of humility claims herself as amateur, her works speak volumes of her professional approach towards art and photography,” observed Vedala, a painter himself.

“I am an ardent observer of nature, art, and architecture, and I never had any lesson in both of my pursuits. I have tried to capture on my canvas and in my camera all that appealed to my aesthetic sensibility,” explained the administrator who also excels in yoga and dancing.

How does the busy bureaucrat find time to pursue interest in so many creative faculties and excel in it all?

“Passion overrides time constraints. When there is the interest, there is a way out,” she confided.

“The exhibits have been born out of my attempt to go beyond the limitations of the mundane daily life,” she emphasised.

The photographs of the myriad moods of the nature and of the heritage structures shot abroad have been attracting maximum number of visitors, informed gallery director and painter Tarakant Parida.

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