Ketaki Foundation Trust in collaboration with Aranya Nivas Lulung organised it’s first such camp to celebrate the environment-based theme “I am with Nature” Similipal, one of the largest biospheres in India, is a stunningly picturesque area. It is a beautiful place – rich in history and heritage, ethnicity and beauty of the land. Aranya Nivas Lulung, a resort in the lap of the Similipal forest, was a compelling choice for the camp. The camp not only included art-related activities, but also hosted to a series of interactive sessions with local school children, seminars and discussions pertaining to culture and artistic exchange. These painters also done Yoga together and there were interactive deliberation on interesting topics like modernity and environment in the global scenario. Also got to witness some vary rare dance forms like Jhumar and Chhau of Mayurbhanj, and got a taste of folk music. The paintings that created extempore at the camp will be displayed in a special exhibition at Bhubaneswar, to be inaugurated by prominent guests at a later date
Art series is an initiative of Ketaki Foundation Trust to shed light on the life and work of artists. The first presentation is an audiovisual documentation on the prominent Odia artist Durga Prasad Das. He is the last pioneering painter of Shantiniketan from Odisha who promulgated all the techniques he learnt from the masters at Kalabhavan. His greatest contribution lay in the teaching of students at the Government College of Art and Craft, Khalikote, Odisha. He was a committed teacher and believed in the efficacy of Indian style and the flavour and romanticism associated with it. His works exude the distinctive charm of country life.