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Wednesday , December 5 , 2012
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Thoughts run riot on canvas

Bhubaneswar, Dec. 4: A state-level children art exhibition was organised in the capital today to mark the birth centenary of Binod Kanungo, the creator of Jnanamandal or the Odia encyclopedia.

More than 1,400 works of art based on the theme knowledge is power – a tribute to the author – were on display at the event organised by Odisha Lalit Kala Akademi at the Bhanja Kala Mandap here.

Visitors appreciated the works by the young painters.

A painting by Balasore Class VII student Ralisa Mohapatra stood out for her clarity in expression. Depicting the idea that knowledge is more powerful than wealth, this budding artist used the imagery of former President and India’s missile man A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on one side of a weighing scale and money and jewellery on the other.

“The most beautiful thing about knowledge is that nobody can take it away from you,” Ralisa said.

The best entries at the exhibition also received awards. “Children from different parts of the state studying in nursery to Class X, who had sent their paintings and sketches, were grouped into four sections based on age. A panel of four judges selected 112 entries that were selected for awards,” said Rabi Narayan Rath, secretary of the Akademi.

Apart from 12 awards, three in each of the four categories, 100 consolation prizes were given to the little artists. Director of tourism and culture department Sushil Kumar Das and secretary of Jnanamandal Foundation Pabak Kanungo gave away the awards.

Sources said the foundation that publishes Jnanamandal, the first encyclopaedia in Odia language, would soon develop a 30-volume Modern Odia Encyclopaedia to be distributed in schools and colleges across the state.