Panel Discussion

disAbility in Odia Literature, Scriptures, Folktales and Jagannath Culture

in partnership with Swabhiman during their 20th Anjali International Children and Youth Festival 2021(Virtual mode)

4.30 AM, 19th November 2021


Ketaki Foundation Trust joined hands with Swabhiman to create an awareness regarding the issue “Dialogues in Disability.” The dialogue will take many forms – seminars, panel discussions, radio talks, TV discussions, workshop, group discussion, etc.

Ketaki Foundation Trust, partnering with Swabhiman, shared a delightful experience putting together a panel discussion on ‘disAbility in Odia Literature, Scriptures, Folktales and Jagannath Culture’ during their 20th Anjali International Festival for Children and Youth on 19th November 2021 through virtual mode, Swabhiman, Bhubaneswar.

Panellists are well known figures in their respective fields.

Chairperson Prof. Jatindra Kumar Nayak delivered the keynote address.

Distinguished Panellists were Dr. Sruti Mohapatra, Dr. Biraja Prasad Routray, Dr. Purna Chandra Mohapatra, Dr. Dharanidhar Naik and Dr. Rabindra K. Swain. Mr. Sampad Patnaik moderated the programme. Through the webinar the panellists reflected their varied perspectives on the issue which was thought provoking and enlightening at the same time.

Over the years, literature has become more inclusive. It deals with many ignored aspects of humanity. More novels are exploring disability and narrating stories featuring disabled people. When disability is represented in literary texts, it questions the preconceived notions of imperfection in human lives.

Calibrated discussions are needed to understand disability from dominant Jagannath culture in our society. In Odisha, most of our devotional songs are in praise of  Lord Jagannath. The incompleteness of Jagannath’s idol has always posed challenge to our  supposedly perfect society. What is that deeper meaning to Jagannath’s incompleteness, we have asked ourselves. Does Jagnannath embody a disabled person to remind ‘abled’ beings that we must not lose sight of those who are different from us? Does it express the essential incompleteness and imperfection of all things around us?

Decades of experience have shown that the promotion and protection of human rights are essential for preventing discrimination based on disability. In 2006, all UN member states made a commitment to strengthen laws that eliminate discrimination against people with disabilities and in 2016 the RPwD Act further strengthened the environment in India.

Panellists engaged in a contemplative discussion through a webinar reflecting their experiences and perspectives on the subject that was joined by a wide audience from different walks of life.

‘disAbility in Visual Art and Design’

in partnership with Swabhiman during their 18th Anjali International Children
and Youth Festival 2019
10.30 AM, 17th November 2019
Rail Auditorium, Chandrasekharpur, Bhubaneswar


Ketaki Foundation Trust is pleased to honour Sri Laxmidhar Mahapatra with the 1st Dinanath Pathy Kala Samman 2021 and an honorarium for his lifelong contribution to the dying art forms.

Ketaki Foundation Trust, partnering with Swabhiman, shared a delightful experience putting together a panel discussion on ‘disAbility in Visual Art and Design’ during their 18th Anjali International Festival for Children and Youth on 17th November 2019 at Rail Auditorium, Chandrasekharpur, Bhubaneswar.

The panel discussion was moderated by Sri Veejayant Dash, an eminent artist and art activist.

The event was chaired by Sri Pradosh Mishra, HOD, History, Benaras Hindu University, Varanasi.

Participants were Sri K K Rath, an illustrious cartoonist and graphic designer, Sri Satyabhusan Hota, a leading mural designer and painter, Ms Neha Das, faculty, JD Institute of Fashion Technology, Bhubaneswar and Nagashree C., NIFT, Bhubaneswar. The discussion was attended by a good number of keen audiences.

The discussions went around challenges faced and overcome by disabled visual artists and designers as experienced by and narrated by Sri KK Rath himself. The immense contributions made to the world of art by determined and talented artists with disabilities was presented through a talk and slides by Sri Satyabhusan Hota. Ms. Neha Das presented a slide show of her experience of conducting a fashion show with and for the disabled. Ms. Nagashree C. presented and explained her research and its outcome that painted a feeling of hope for the comfort and wellbeing of the disabled. The panel discussion was summed up in an excellent manner by Prof. Pradosh Mishra, himself an eminent visual artist. The audience also participated through some thought provoking questions and the panelists were more than glad to answer and address their concerns. The programme concluded with a thanking note from Sri Jyotiranjan Swain, Managing Trustee, Ketaki Foundation and Dr. Shruti Mohapatra, Swabhiman and felicitation to the participants.


Panelists and Trustee Members of Ketaki Foundation Trust with Dr. Shruti Mohapatra of Swabhiman on the stage after the concluding talk.

Panelist Ms. Nagashree C. of NIFT, Bhubaneswar giving her presentation with others on the stage.

Sitting the stage. (From left) Moderator Sri Vijayant Dash, Chairperson Sri Pradosh Mishra, Panelists, Sri K K Rath, Sri satyabhusan Hota, Ms. Neha Das and Ms. Nagashree C.