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.


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.


Ravinder Reddy is a renowned sculptor in India’s contemporary 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.


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 closely associated with the Odia art scene for a long time.


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 PhD 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 books, has also a solo show titled “INSIDE-OUTSIDE” and many group shows in a major gallery of New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.


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.


Pradosh Kumar Mishra has studied Art History from BK College of Art & Crafts, Bhubaneswar and Panjab University, Chandigarh and earned his Doctoral Degree from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. Pradosh received Fulbright Nehru fellowship to teach in the University of Connecticut, the US for the fall semester in 2012 and during the stay in the 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.
Pradosh has curated an International Art Exhibition Fellowship: Fulbright Alumni Artists, organized by United States India Educational Foundation and US Embassy, New Delhi at Ojas Art Gallery and organised two significant workshops on Impressions and Voice of Change, directed toward introducing the students of Art and Art History to techniques of Interviewing and Curatorial Initiatives respectively. He has also visualized and coordinated the Public art workshop on Art and Ecology: Search for sustainability, organised by Utsha Foundation, Bhubaneswar.
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. Pradosh has authored Stone to God: workshop tradition of Odishan sculpture and also published many articles on traditional and contemporary art, artists and various trends of art. Dr. Pradosh Kumar Mishra is a Professor of Art History in Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.

Our Former Board of Trustees

Peter Nagy 

Peter Nagy is a renowned artist and owner of Gallery Nature Morte in New Delhi. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut he worked as an artist and exhibited his work throughout the United States and Europe during the 1980s. With artist Alan Belcher he opened Gallery Nature Morte in East Village, Manhattan, New York City in 1982. Peter Nagy was part of a generation of the East Village artist-gallery owners who established a small and rough but trendy avant-garde alternative to the established SoHo art scene. The gallery was open for six years, until 1988.They combined Conceptualism and Pop Art exploring the relationship between the art and the commodity.

Kanu Agarwal

Kanu Agrawal is a noted architect and urban theorist who studied at New Delhi’s School of Planning and Architecture and worked with the acclaimed Achyut P. Kanvinde, and later completed his Master’s in Environmental Design from the Yale School of Architecture. He has been part of numerous prestigious architecture projects in India and abroad. His curated shows include the noted Jugaad Urbanism: Resourceful Strategies for Indian Cities, an exhibition created with the help of curator Kanu Agrawal that opened at New York’s Center for Architecture.

Jitish Kallat

Jitish Kallat is one of the most prominent figures of contemporary Indian Art. Working across a variety of media including painting, sculpture, photography and installation, his work reflects a deep involvement with the city of his birth (Mumbai) and derives much of its visual language from his immediate urban environment. His subject matter has been described previously as ‘the dirty, old, recycled and patched-together fabric of urban India’.

Jitish Kallat was appointed curator for the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India in 2014. Kallat has participated in many major Indian art exhibitions that include: “India: Art Now” at the Arken Museum, Ishoj, Denmark (2012-13); “Public Notice 3” at the Art Institute of Chicago (2010-2011); “Indian Highway IV” at MAXXI, Rome, Italy (2012) and at Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France (2011); “The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today” at Saatchi Gallery, London, UK (2010); “Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art” at Essl Museum – Contemporary Art, Klosterneuburg, Austria and at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (both 2009), as well as “Indian Highway” at the Serpentine Gallery, London, UK (2008-09); “Die Tropen. Ansichten von der Mitte der Weltkugel” at Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany (2008); “Urban Manners” at Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy (2007) and “Century City” at Tate Modern, London, UK (2001).