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Netaji to come alive on canvas

Cuttack, Jan. 21: Ten artists will paint on various aspects of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s life on a huge canvas to mark the revolutionary’s 116th birth anniversary on Wednesday. The canvas, titled “Netaji at a glance”, will be on display at the Netaji Birthplace Museum here.

The artists will be selected by the Odisha Lalit Kala Akademi.

“The 10 artists will paint together on a 30 feet by six feet canvas and depict different phases of Netaji’s life. There will be scenes from his childhood, his student years, freedom struggle, being a Congress leader to forming the Indian National Army,” Odisha Lalit Kala Akademi secretary Rabi Narayan Rath told The Telegraph today.

“The executive board of the Akademi had selected a list of proficient painters from different parts of the state. The process is under way to rope in at least 10 of them for the spot painting on the canvas at the Netaji Birthplace Museum on January 23,” Rath said.

Sources said the “Netaji at a glance” project was conceived by the Netaji Birthplace Museum Trust. The trust’s executive body had, at a meeting chaired by tourism and culture minister Maheswar Mohanty, decided to frame the painted canvas for permanent display at the museum.

“A space has been identified on the inner boundary wall of the museum near the main entrance,” curator of the museum J.P. Das told The Telegraph.

The trust’s executive body has also decided to set up a musical fountain in the landscaped garden of the museum to go with the light-and-sound show project involving a 20-minute show on life of Netaji.

“The light-and-sound show will be unveiled by chief minister Naveen Patnaik on January 23,” the museum curator said.

An open-air gallery to accommodate about 100 viewers has been built for the light-and-sound show based on a script penned by Bijay Mishra and sets designed by Asim Basu.

The museum also has plans to come up with a new gallery on the spiritual life of Netaji on Wednesday. The museum already has 12 galleries depicting different phases in the leader’s life. The various galleries include ones on his early life, student and political life, his time in the INA, provisional government of Azad Hind, Azad Hind Radio and the National Bank of Azad Hind.

The furniture in the room where Netaji was born has been kept intact.

Another gallery showcases letters written by Netaji to his father Janaki Nath Bose, which throw light on the frame of his mind and failing health condition while in prison for the most part of 1920.