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Mohapatra To Head Lalit Kala Akademi

Bhubaneswar: Jan 17; Noted sculptor Padma Vibhusan Raghunath Mohapatra was on Saturdayappointed President of the Odisha Lalit Kala Akademi. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik approved a proposal in this regard on Saturday.

"I will certainly work for an overall development of the institution," said Mohapatra, adding that he would initiate awards for traditional arts and paintings. "Though the institution recognises modern art, the other forms of art are equally important which need encouragement from the institution," said Mohapatra.

He was credited for making two 15-feet-tall Buddha statutes in white sand stone installed at the historic Dhauligiri Santi Stupa, a gigantic lotus of 30 feet x 30 feet in a single black granite stone near former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's samadhi at Vir Bhumi, Rajghat, the 15-feet-tall Mukteswar Gate in red sand stone at Surajkund in Haryana and three 20-feet-high statues of Buddha in white sand stone at the Buddhist Monastery, Ladakh. In 2013, he was chosen for India's second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan.

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