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SBI, Bhubaneswar LHO promotes palm leaf carving




 The State Bank of India (SBI), Local Head Office, Bhubaneswar which has been promoting traditional art and culture of Odisha, organised a Palm Leaf Carving camp-cum-exhibition for budding artists of the State, at its premises here from January 3 to 5.

As many as 40 artists from different parts of the State participated and exhibited their talent in the three-day camp, which concluded on Thursday.

The artists were felicitated with Certificates of Participation and Honorarium by State F&ARD and Excise Secretary Bishnupada Sethi, who graced the closing function as chief guest.

Speaking on the occasion, Sethi lauded SBI’s initiative to encourage the budding artists in various traditional art forms of the State.

Presiding over the function, SBI Bhubaneswar Circle Chief General Manager BVG Reddy reaffirmed SBI’s commitment to encourage traditional art forms of Odisha.

While urging the artists of the State to diversify the themes of their creations to include mythological and historical contexts from other States of India, and adopt e-commerce to market their products outside the State and the country, Reddy assured that the Bank would render all help in this regard.

It may be recalled that SBI had organised such camps for traditional Patta Chitra and Canvass Paintings in the previous years.

Hari Shankar Panigrahi, a patron of traditional art forms and Bijay Kumar Parida, renowned artist and teacher, were also felicitated on the occasion.

Both Panigrahi and Parida appreciated the gesture of SBI in coming to the help of the artists of Odisha, and preserving and promoting the dying and rare art forms.






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