Panel Discussion

‘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.