The Utsha Collection is a repository of art objects that the Foundation has collected over the years from its numerous residencies , workshops and other events. Each object is a testament to the skill , vision and excellence of the artist and a reflection of their inspiration from the Utsha vision and values. Each of these works is lovingly preserved at foundation and are available for public viewing on request. Several of the works on display have been generously donated ……
Our board of trustees
Pradosh K.Mishra has studied Art History from BK College of Art & Crafts, Bhubaneswar and Punjab University, Chandigarh and earned his Doctoral Degree from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. Pradosh received Fulbright Nehru fellowship to teach in University of Connecticut, US for fall semester in 2012 and during the stay in United States, he also studied the American art museums as a centre of academic outreach. He has delivered special lectures at the Yale University, School of Art Institute of Chicago, Lesley University, Boston, Eastern Connecticut State University, United States. Besides these, he has also participated in the international conferences, symposiums and seminars within and outside India. He has extensively documented the stone carving workshop tradition in Lalitagiri and Bhubaneswar in Odisha with emphasis on the economic consequences and its impact on the changing traditional style of carving. Dr. Pradosh Kumar Mishra is a Professor of Art History in Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
Pranati Panda is a Delhi based artist, initially trained in applied arts at the College of Art and Craft, Bhubaneswar and then at the Delhi College of Art. Her works in mix media and watercolour distort the scale of the pictorial elements to provoke grief and menace. She uses different motifs leading to one another creating an association within themselves. Her works are not illustrative or pretty but they are symbolic showing her inner feeling and mental disturbances. Her drawings are staked out in black and brown and even pinks; the easily flowing lines give dimensions and textures to the motifs done in fabric, seeds and watercolour. Pranati Panda completed her B.F.A in Applied Arts from B. K. College of Art and Craft, Bhubaneswar (1995) and her M.F.A in Applied Arts from Delhi College of Art, New Delhi. She has also done a course in 2D Animation from NIMT, Bhubaneswar in 1996.
Ramakanta Samantaray was born and brought up in a coastal village of Odisha. He has studied Painting from B.K.College of Art & Craft, Bhubaneswar, then went on to complete his Masters in Oriya Literature and Language from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar and became a Ph.D holder in 2004 from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha. With this combination of Literature, Language and Fine Art he has been constantly working to create visual novels. He is a recipient of many awards for his short stories and has also received Junior Research Fellowship from UGC, New Delhi, Travel Grant from Sahitya Academi, New Delhi. Samantaray has published as many as thirteen book, has also a solo show titled “INSIDE-OUTSIDE” and many group shows in major gallery of New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.
Raghunath Panda is a financial consultant based out of Bhubaneswar. He has completed an MBA in Finance from Utkal University in Bhubaneswar.He has been working as an investment advisor for the last 10 years. He is a founder member of the Utsha Foundation in 2012 and has been closley associated with the Odia art scene for a long time.
Ravinder Reddy is a renowned sculptor in India's contemporarty art scene. He was born in Suryapet village, Andhra Pradesh in 1956. He did his B.A. and M.A. in sculpture at M.S. University, Baroda (1975-82). Between 1982 and 84 Reddy studied in London sculpture at Goldsmith College of Art and Ceramics at the Royal College of Art adding terracotta to fibreglass as his steady medium. From 1984 to 90 he was a faculty member, then assistant director of the Kanoria Centre for Arts, Ahmadabad, eventually moving to teach sculpture at Andhra University, Visakhapatnam. Reddy's solo exhibitions were held at Art Heritage, New Delhi and Bombay 198 1, Contemporary Art Gallery, Ahmadabad 1982, Max Muller Bhavan Hyderabad 1989, CCA, New Delhi 1990, Sakshi Madras, Bangalore 1095-96, Sculpture, New Delhi 1995, Traditions/ Tensions, Asia Society, New York 1996. He has received junior and senior fellowship from the Department of Culture, Government of India 1991-93, 1995- 97, LKA awards in Gujarat 1980
Ramahari Jena is a leading light of the Odia art scene and was the first Oriya Artist to receive National Academy Award by Lalit Kala Akademi. He completed his Bachelor of Fine Art in Ist Class from Berhampur University, Orissa, 1985 and was a Visiting Fellow, Printmaking Department, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow. 1998. His work has been displayed at numerous national and international exhibitions including Bharat Bhavan Triennale of Graphic Art (1992-95), Ist Egyptian International Print Triennale, Cairo 1993 and 'A.R.K.S.' Gallery London 1998. He has numerous publications to his credit and is passionately interested in literary journalism and book designing among his many interests.
Jagannath Panda is a renowned Odia artist of international repute and is the main inspiration behind Utsha Foundation. Born in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, Jagannath Panda completed his Bachelor's degree in sculpture at the B. K. College of Arts and Crafts there in 1991,and his Master's degree in the same at the Faculty of Fine Arts, M. S. University, Baroda in 1994. He served as a visiting researcher at the Fukuoka University of Education, Fukuoka, Japan, in 1997, and also completed another master's degree in fine sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London, 2002. His solo shows include 'Nothing is Solid' at Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai, in 2007; Berkeley Square Gallery and Saffronart Online, London, in 2006; Nature Morte, New Delhi, in 2005; and Zamoca Foundation Gallery, Tokyo, 1998. In 1990 he won the Lalit Kala Akademi Award, and was also honoured with the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society Award, New Delhi, in 1996.