Artists paint Sonepur on canvas - Art camp to highlight tourism potential of the district
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- Published 8.02.11
|A painting of Lankeswari temple that stands in the middle of the Mahanadi in Sonepur. Telegraph picture|
Sonepur, Feb. 7: The Sonepur district administration invited 18 painters from across the state last week to capture their impression of the district on canvas. Through this unique initiative, the administration wants to highlight the tourism potential of Sonepur district.
As part of the four-day camp that concluded on Saturday, the artists were taken to various tourist destinations to help them get an idea about the tourism potential of the district.
“During the first two days of the camp, guides took the artists to various tourists destinations in the district and briefed them about the places and monuments to help them understand their importance. Finally, in the last two days, the artists brought out their impression of Sonepur on canvas,” said artist Saroj Mahapatra, who was the coordinator of the camp.
“Some of the themes explored by the artists were saint poet Bhima Bhoi and Rameswar, the confluence of river Mahanadi and Tel,” he added.
Veteran artists like Padmanava Mishra of Sambalpur and Srikant Udgata of Balangir were part of the camp.
Sambalpur-based artist Padmanava Mishra, who was born in Sonepur, was exulted to be back here and paint.
“I have many memories attached to Sonepur as I was born here and spent a good part of my life. The temples, river Mahanadi and nature have always inspired me and they have been my favourite subjects. In this camp, I tried my hand at the Shaiba and Shakta tradition of Sonepur,” Mishra said.
Mishra added that he had done a series of paintings on Bhima Bhoi that he wants to hand over to the district administration.
Gadadhar Barik, district culture officer of Subarnapur, said the camp was an initiative to highlight the tourism potential of Sonepur through the paintings.
“This collection of paintings is regarded as property of Subarnapur and will adorn Sanskriti Bhavan, which will come up soon.
“The artists have explored all the themes and places including the temples, philosophy, nature and rivers of Sonepur.
“Now, we have a collection of 24 paintings. Whatever places these artists haven’t explored, will be painted soon in another camp. There will be an exhibition of these paintings during the Subarna Utsav-2011, which begins next Friday,” Barik said.