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Painter Atasi Basu gets candid at an interactive session

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Speaks about her career and journey as an artist


City-based Odisha Modern Art Gallery organised the event

It was organised as a part of their monthly meet-the-artist initiative


BHUBANESWAR: In its monthly meet-the-artist series - Kala Darshan - City-based Odisha Modern Art Gallery hosted an interactive session with painter Atasi Basu on its premises on Sunday.

Daughter of acclaimed theatre personality Asim Basu, Atasi, a city-based painter, is one of the few senior and active woman artists of the State. “It is amusing that I had failed in the subject of drawing in my school exams. But, I was destined to be a painter,” she remarked and cheered the gathering of artists and art students as she recollected her formative years.

Moving on, Atasi spoke on her days as a student at the B.K.College of Art and Crafts in Bhubaneswar and how her teachers and exposure to theory of art and aesthetics shaped her sensibility as an artist. She also screened a slide show of her paintings while explaining her the various phases of her career and her journey as an artist. She later spoke on the scenario of woman painters in Odisha.

While Gallery director Tarakant Parida introduced Atasi, former Vice President of Odisha Lalit Kala Akademi Sarat Rath and senior artist Ramesh Mohanty and convener of the Odisha Women Artists' Forum Chitra Patnaik were present on the occasion. A number of young students from the two city-based art colleges also participated in the session and asked several questions to the artist of the evening.

“Although this Gallery has been hosting regular shows of Odisha's artists, the artists, connoisseurs, critics and students of art could never come together to discuss the art and life of the artist. Kala Darshan, hosted on the last Sunday of every month, seeks to bridge that gap,” said the Gallery director who is also a painter. The series has, so far, featured sculptor Kanta Kishore Moharana, patta chitra artist Rabi Naarayan Sahu and painter Prabir Dalai, it was learnt.

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