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Paintings, terracotta works bring Paika rebellion alive


Lalit Kala Akademi

Bhubaneswar: Art lovers were taken back in time to the 200-year old Paika rebellion as artists from all over the State came together to display the valour and sacrifice of the Odia militia through paintings and terracotta work here today.

Around 64 artists from all over the State have exhibited their art work, each of which has its own story. While some art works highlight the battle itself, others throw light on the weapons used during the rebellion. Still others showcased Paika leaders.

“The exhibition has been organized to commemorate 200 years of Paika rebellion, the first battle against the British. Through paintings and terracotta work, we want the younger generation to remember and honour the bravery and sacrifice of our forefathers,” said Sangram Kehari Paikaray, Chairman of Kalinga Association for Protection of Cultural Heritage, one of the organizers of the exhibition.

A two-month long camp was earlier organized at several places, including Dhauli Art College and Modern Art Gallery, where the artists were made aware of the rebellion and the theme of the exhibition.

The exhibition, which was inaugurated on Saturday at Lalit Kala Akademi, will continue for the next seven days.