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.