Don’t commercialise art, says Jatin Das


BHUBANESWAR: New Delhi-based internationally acclaimed Oriya artist Jatin Das has urged upon the artists fraternity of Orissa to refrain from crass commercialisation of art. He has further called upon for a combined initiative for Orissa’s cultural development.

In his inaugural address at the first Bharat Muni Mahotsav at Jayadev Bhawan here on Sunday, Das, founder of the city-based Jatin Das Centre of Art, emphasised on conservation of the age-old cultural heritage of the State that was best known for its art, culture and heritage.

The festival was hosted by the city-based Odissi dance institution Kalingayana Touryatrikam that instituted Bharat Muni Samman, a major national award to honour one of the pioneers of Indian classical dances from India and abroad. Kolkata-based Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam exponent Thankamani Kutty, founder of the well-known dance institution Kolkata Kalamandalam, was conferred the first Bharat Muni Samman on the occasion by Tourism Minister Debi Prasad Mishra. The award carries a plaque, a shawl and a cash award of Rs.25, 000.

In his address, the minister hailed the initiative of the organisation in promoting an inter-State cultural collaboration.

Kutty, a native of Kerala State who settled in Kolkata 50 years ago and who was responsible for promoting south Indian classical dances, said that she had the dream of establishing an institution like the Kerala Kalamandalam in Kolkata that was now a reality with more than 1500 students, eight braches in the city and 35 faculty members.

Among others, festival advisor and former Indian Ambassador Abasar Beuria and KT founder Puspita Mishra addressed. Kutty’s disciple Malavika Sen, US-based Odissi dancer Jyoti Rout and Bhubaneswar-based Odissi dancers’ couple Ramesh Chandra Jena and Madhusmita Mohanty performed .

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