Mumbai Declaration of Odisha Triennial of International Art

Mr Sashank Mahapatra, Managing Trustee of the ANPIC (Artists Network for Promoting Indian Culture) founded the OTIA ( Odisha Triennial of Indian Art) with the sole intention of putting the art of Odisha and India on an international map. The Odisha Triennial came about as an interest and solution to promote indigenous artists of Odisha, like from the village of Raghurajpur. Over the years, ANPIC has played a major role in supporting in all ways possible the endeavours of the folk and tribal artists, and now it set it has come of age to be able to take on a much humungous task of a ‘Triennial’.

 Slated to be held in the year 2020, the declaration programs aim to alert the hundreds of Indian artists and artists from different countries to take notice of the existence of one such platform where one could present the culmination of their long-held art practices and in turn they could draw from the ‘triennial’ platform a new discerning and wider range of audiences for their works. The Odisha Triennial is planned to be held somewhere between the three important cities of Puri, Bhubaneswar and Konark where the influences from all three historical milieus would come together to create a new visual culture.

 OTIA was formally launched in Bhubaneswar in May this year and In New Delhi in June. The Mumbai declaration took place on the 21st of July at the premises of the monumental NGMA, ( National Gallery of Modern Art). OTIA Declaration in Mumbai saw the glitterati from all fields register their presence and interest in the project. MP- Lok Sabha, Mr Pinaki Mishra, was the Chief Guest and he showed his deep interest in the project and his faith in the cultural heritage and talents hidden in our country. He emphasised the importance of the OTIA platform. Eminent artists Lalitha Lajmi and Prabhakar Kolte expressed the need to bring about the long needed change in the plight of the artists all across the country and suggested some sort of a governing body which would act as an intermediary between eh state governments and the artists. Mr Sashank Mahapatra, Founding Director of OTIA, expressed his gratitude and hope for the outreach of the Triennial and intended it to be all-inclusive.

 Mr Johny ML, the Curatorial Director of OTIA suggested an innovative approach to the Triennial as his plan to integrate the numerous projects which would be taking place in different parts of the country, thereby taking the Triennial to the doorstep of the artist first, and later being brought together at the Triennial venue in Odisha in 2020. He believes that this would break the monotony of all biennales and triennials held so far where there occurs a kind of elitism and distancing from the local, regional and national artists.

 Mr Rajendra Patil, Mentor Director invited the guests from all the different arenas to the declaration and also expressed his intent to bring in as many representations both nationally and internationally in the triennial. Actress, activist, Shabana Azmi added glamour to the occasion and reminisced about her exposure to all kinds of art in her youth and said that OTIA could change the face of our country’s visual culture.

 The program concluded on a very positive note with artists questions about the mode of participation and the kind of projects which could enhance the visual culture of the country. Mumbai Declaration of OTIa received huge press coverage by all media and now the team looks forward for its next art event.

 Mr Sashank Mahapatra, Managing Trustee of the ANPIC (Artists Network for Promoting Indian Culture) founded the OTIA ( Odisha Triennial of Indian Art) with the sole intention of putting the art of Odisha and India on an international map. The Odisha Triennial came about as an interest and solution to promote indigenous artists of Odisha, like from the village of Raghurajpur. Over the years, ANPIC has played a major role in supporting in all ways possible the endeavours of the folk and tribal artists, and now it set it has come of age to be able to take on a much humungous task of a ‘Triennial’.

 Slated to be held in the year 2020, the declaration programs aim to alert the hundreds of Indian artists and artists from different countries to take notice of the existence of one such platform where one could present the culmination of their long-held art practices and in turn they could draw from the ‘triennial’ platform a new discerning and wider range of audiences for their works. The Odisha Triennial is planned to be held somewhere between the three important cities of Puri, Bhubaneswar and Konark where the influences from all three historical milieus would come together to create a new visual culture.

 OTIA was formally launched in Bhubaneswar in May this year and In New Delhi in June. The Mumbai declaration took place on the 21st of July at the premises of the monumental NGMA, ( National Gallery of Modern Art). OTIA Declaration in Mumbai saw the glitterati from all fields register their presence and interest in the project. MP- Lok Sabha, Mr Pinaki Mishra, was the Chief Guest and he showed his deep interest in the project and his faith in the cultural heritage and talents hidden in our country. He emphasised the importance of the OTIA platform. Eminent artists Lalitha Lajmi and Prabhakar Kolte expressed the need to bring about the long needed change in the plight of the artists all across the country and suggested some sort of a governing body which would act as an intermediary between eh state governments and the artists. Mr Sashank Mahapatra, Founding Director of OTIA, expressed his gratitude and hope for the outreach of the Triennial and intended it to be all-inclusive.

 Mr Johny ML, the Curatorial Director of OTIA suggested an innovative approach to the Triennial as his plan to integrate the numerous projects which would be taking place in different parts of the country, thereby taking the Triennial to the doorstep of the artist first, and later being brought together at the Triennial venue in Odisha in 2020. He believes that this would break the monotony of all biennales and triennials held so far where there occurs a kind of elitism and distancing from the local, regional and national artists.

 Mr Rajendra Patil, Mentor Director invited the guests from all the different arenas to the declaration and also expressed his intent to bring in as many representations both nationally and internationally in the triennial. Actress, activist, Shabana Azmi added glamour to the occasion and reminisced about her exposure to all kinds of art in her youth and said that OTIA could change the face of our country’s visual culture.

 The program concluded on a very positive note with artists questions about the mode of participation and the kind of projects which could enhance the visual culture of the country. Mumbai Declaration of OTIa received huge press coverage by all media and now the team looks forward to its next art event.

– By Sushma Sabnis

 

2018-08-01T01:21:22+00:00

About the Author:

A marine biologist by training, Sushma Sabnis has been pursuing her interest in painting and writing since she left her career as a scientist over a decade ago. With a few solo and group exhibitions to her credit in Mumbai and Delhi, Sushma has also been instrumental in bringing young contemporaries together for a series of curated exhibitions called Adwaita, a platform for arts created by her.  In 2012, she launched herself into full time art writing and her essays and features have appeared in noted art journals including Art & Deal and Creative Minds, Arts Illustrated. She has been a contributing editor to the online magazine CartAnArt. She also manages The Art Daily and Art Tehelka, two online platforms for art writing and her reviews on art shows, art festivals have appeared in leading news papers. She has written several catalogue essays, descriptions and forewords for noted artists and painters and also introduced through profile writings, many of the young Indian contemporary artists.