Odisha CM inaugurates 13th JDCA International Film Festival

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By Anurjay Dhal

BHUBANESWAR: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said on Friday that the event is a great tribute to our splendid heritage of art and artists and thanked Jatin Das and his Centre for this initiative while inaugurating the 13th JDCA International Film Festival in Bhubaneswar.

Minister Tourism & Culture Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi, JDCA Chief Jatin Das, Dr Debi Prasan Patnaik, Lalit Mansingh, Chief Advisor CMO R. Balakrishnan, Sidhartha Das and Smt. Aruna Basudev were present at the inaugural ceremony.

Expressing delight to attend the 13th Film Festival on Art and Artists, the Addressing the people, Patnaik said, “Odisha has a rich legacy of Art manifested in various forms through the ages. The art heritage of the Buddhist Era continues to manifest in many places of our state.

Since then, many historical, political, cultural and spiritual movements have influenced, defined and created a distinct tradition of painting, architecture, sculpture, music and dance. The temple art and culture has taken the centre stage of global art heritage. We have a live tradition of Art, and we are truly a land of Art and Artists.

Artists are worshippers of creativity. The village lad who sells clay dolls at village haat is just not selling a sundry object for money. He is selling a piece of Art. He or his family members have infused all their creativity into making that wonderful piece of product.

 He is the creator and lover of art. Artistic creations have been reflected in our hand works, paintings, sculpture, domestic materials, filigree, brass wares, terracotta, quilt making or clay dolls. There is an amazing touch of imagination and innovation in such artworks.”

 “The Jatin Das Centre of Arts has put in significant endeavours to preserve, document, evaluate, renew, and improve various art forms in order to save them for our future generation as a source of inspiration. At its 13th year of continuous efforts, it has become a kind of movement. I am really grateful to the centre for its effort,” said Naveen

“I am informed that the films this year have been carefully curated by eminent curators. The efforts made on the interpretation of Puri and Lingaraj Temples make it very special. I appreciate JDCA for such a meaningful event and wish all success of the Festival,” the Odisha CM concluded.

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