Between November 3rd – 4th, 2017 the 5th Urban Lecture Series was held by Bhubaneswar Development Authority along with the Bhubaneswar Art Collective.
The idea was to come up with a vision for a role of art in the upcoming 'smart city' project.
Over 50 participants from different walks of life including artists, planners, designers, architects, writers, social activists, policy analysts and city intellectuals participated in this.
The Bhubaneswar Art Trail (BAT) project was selected as a first phase implementation of the broader vision statement with Utsha implementing it.
Is a legacy of rich art and culture that has withstood the test of time and is still shining as bright as ever, and has made all of us so proud.
Due to the reign of many different rulers in the past, arts and crafts in Odisha underwent many changes and today, reflects an artistic diversity.
It is time to let the world see what makes us, and what we make.
WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO
To present a blend of the century old Odishan art with a contemporary interpretation.
24 artists from our state, country and across the borders, will take you through an amazing journey, where you experience your everyday surroundings in a way you have never done before.
We are going to design an art trail spread over 1.3 kms around the lanes of Old Town, Bhubaneswar
Already decorated with exquisite examples of Odishan architecture, these lanes will provide an excellent canvas for our artists to demonstrate their contemporary interpretation in time for the 2018 Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar in November!
OLD TOWN MEETS NEW ART
CONCEPTUALISED BY UTSHA
Utsha Foundation for Contemporary Art is a charitable trust based in Bhubaneswar that was setup by renowned artist Jagannath Panda in 2012 to provide an alternative space for artists to create and experiment in Odisha. The word ‘Utsha’ implies the penultimate source of creativity, imagination and action. The foundation seeks to capture and enhance the richness of Odia culture and to promote art that reflects the contemporary realities of the urban, rural, secular and sacred identities of the state.