Balasore, Jan, 14 (LocalWire) A young artist here has created tiny statues of Fakir Mohan Senapati, the father of modern Odia literature, to pay him homage on his 178th birth anniversary.
Senapati who played a pioneering role in establishing the distinct identity of Odia language was born on 13th January 1843 (Makar Sankranti).
25-year-old Sanjay Raul, a teacher at Balasore Art and Craft College has elegantly made three sculptors (each around one inch) on three chalks each measuring about 2 inches.
Sanjay, a native of Nampo village under Jaleswar block has completed his Master in Fine Arts (MFA) on Modeling and Sculptor from Calcutta University.
The chalk sculptures carved by him will be showcased at Santi Kanan in a function to be held under the aegis of Fakir Mohan Sahitya Parishad, a prominent literary body of the state.
“Generally sculptors are made on stone, clay, fiber and wood materials. But this is a new medium of art” the artist told LocalWire adding it took him around 2 hours to create the images.
He plans to create similar sculptors of other important personalities of the state in future.
Fakir Mohan Senapati has played a significant role in shaping Odia language in 19th and 20th century at a time when some people were questioning its distinctness.