Newsletter February 2017
Events Concluded
Inauguration Ceremony, IDCOL Auditorium. Founder and Chairman Jatin Das, Associate Director of the Film Festival Biren Das, Festival Director Aruna  Vasudev, Former Ambassador Lalit Mansingh, Hon'able Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik.
Closing Ceremony, JDCA Land. Festival Director Aruna Vasudev. Founder and Chairman Jatin Das, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan and CEO of Smart City Bhubaneshwar Shri R Vineel Krishna.
Eminent Film maker Adoor Gopalakrishan, Associate Director of the Film Festival Biren Das, Festival Director Aruna  Vasudev, Former Ambassador Lalit Mansingh, Hon'able Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik, the Tourism Secretary Arti Ahuja, Vice Chairman Siddhartha Das.
The audience during the opening ceremony
Artist & former head of Lalit Kali Akademi Bhubaneswar Shri Rama Hari Jena at the reading corner.
Illustrated lecture by photographer Raghu Rai.
Digital filmmaking workshop by Nandan Saxena & Kavita Bahl.
Polish art historian and curator Marta Krolikowska gave an illustrated lecture on contemporary Polish art. 
Dastangoi performance by Sunil Mehra, Delhi, and Askari Naqvi, Lucknow.
A performance by a Gond tribal dance group from Nabarangapur, Odisha..
Imaging the Arts: 11th International Film Festival on Art & Artist
27-29 January 2017
IDCOL Auditorium, Bhubaneshwar
The 11th International Film Festival on Art & Artists was held last month. This year the Festival went international, screening films from 14 different countries, with active participation of 6 foreign missions. The festival was attended by art and film enthusiasts and was covered extensively by the press. Highlight of the festival were illustrated talks by photographer Raghu Rai (Delhi), architect PK Das (Mumbai), architect SS Ray (Bhubaneswar), designer Subrata Bhowmick (Ahmedabad), filmmaker Malin Pettersson Öberg (Sweden) and curator Marta Krolikowska (Poland). The festival also had a two day workshop on digital filmmaking, an exposition of Odia craft and a vibrant cultural programme on all evenings.

JDCA presented the Festival in association with: Dept. of Tourism, Govt. of Odisha
Supported by: SC ST RTI, Research institute in Bhubaneswar
Media Partners: Orissa Post, Dharitri, OTV
Outdoor Publicity: Team

The workshop participants
One of the selfstanding structures
Workshop: building self standing structige
20-22 Janury 2017
JDCA Land, Bhubaneshwar

JD Centre of Art in keeping with the theme of the Festival, Architecture, interfaced with all the seven leading architecture colleges of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack over a  period of time and organised a workshop at the JDCA site of building mud walls under the guidance of two expert Santhal masons. Students of Architectural Schools of Sri Sri University, CET and Piloo Mody Colleges were especially involved.
Chairman of JD Centre of Art Jatin Das
Discussion with cultural professionals
The audience
200th Meet the Artist: Illustrated Lecture Series
by Jatin Das, Artist & Founder Chairman of JDCA
With lectures by: Rama Hari Jena, Biren Das & Siddhartha Das
14 January 2017
Odisha State Archives, Bhubaneshwar
The 200th MTA programme included three presentations on JDCA. Jatin Das, artist & Chairman of JDCA spoke on his vision for the Centre and the journey so far to realise the Centre, including the past programmes and activities of the Centre. It was followed by a presentation on the 11th International Film Festival on Art & Artist by the Associate Festival Director Biren Das. Siddhartha Das, the Vice-chairman and Managing Trustee of JDCA, made a presentation on the ongoing construction activities of JDCA, the steps taken to realise the Centre as envisioned by Jatin Das.
This was followed by a discussion on collaborating and strengthening the visual art institutions in Odisha, which was coordinated by artist & former head of Lalit Kali Akademi Bhubaneswar, Shri Rama Hari Jena. The representatives of Lalit Kala Kendra Odisha, Shri Ajay Binay Institution, OLKA, Lalit Kala Akademi Reg. Centre, Govt. College of Art & Craft Khallikote, INTACH, NIFT, Utsha, well-known writer Dr. Siddhewro Mahapatra, former culture secretary Govt. of India and professor Shri Umkarnash Mohanty, former vice-councillor OUAT.
Prafulla Mohanty with one of his paintings. 
The audience during the Meet the Artist.
201st Meet the Artist: Illustrated Lecture Series
Shri Prafulla Mohanti, Artist
on: Journey of Prafulla Mohanti: Artist, Author & Architect

11 February 2017, at JDCA Camp Office, Bhubaneshwar
London based artist, Shri Prafulla Mohanti, who hails from village Nanpur in Odisha, gave an illustrated lecture on “Journey of Prafulla Mohanti: Artist, Author & Architect”. He spoke about his neo-Tantric paintings which are rooted in his village culture, influenced by Tantra & meditation. He shared his creative world, which has undergone changes through abstraction, from a circle to a point, the Bindu.
Events Forthcoming
Jatin Das and BV Doshi
In March, noted architect and the Principle Architect of JDCA, Shri BV Doshi will visit the JDCA site with structural designer engineer Shri Mahendra Raj to take stock of the development of the construction so far. Shri BV Doshi, is a one of India’s stalwarts in the realm of architecture and is well known for his design of IIM Bangalore, CEPT University Ahmedabad and NIFT Delhi amongst other institutional projects. Shri Mahendra Raj has worked with many leading architects to realise their structural designs and has worked with Corbusier, Louis Kahn, Doshi, Kanvinde, Raj Rewal and Maki amongst others.
The building
The construction of JD Centre of Art has reached the second floor of the first building, covering a footprint of about 15,000 sft area.  The building designed by BV Doshi, is quietly sculptural and like in many of his projects, it plays poetically with light and form. He is ably aided by the Associate Architect, Rohit raj of Studio Vanro. Temporary mock-up buildings have been created at site which put to test this simple yet complex green building and its arched roofs.
Welcome & Goodbye
Chiara Tomaini from Italy is the newest addition to the JDCA team. She will be working with JDCA as an archivist and researcher. She has written her master thesis on Jagannatha patachitra and has worked with the collection at Peggy Guggenheim in Venice and the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris.
Anouk van de Kar is going to leave the JDCA team and the country, after having worked with us for over 2 1/2 years. Anouk has worked passionately to bring structure to our planning and had put in an incredible amount of time and effort to help the team in Delhi and Bhubaneswar get this far. She will be sorely missed and we hope that she will be great example for future team members.
Get involved
A model of JD Centre of Art
For over a decade, our chairman Jatin Das has nurtured a vision to create an Art Centre that preserves and promotes tribal, folk, classical and contemporary art, without boundaries. This vision has manifested itself in the JD Centre of Arts (JDCA) in Bhubaneswar, which will be located across the historic 2nd century BC Khandgiri caves, and is finally becoming a reality.
Out team consists of bright and passionate professionals from diverse fields, spanning administration, research, archiving, art, design and the museum world. As we come close to opening, we seek bright and like-minded professionals, young and mature from across the country and the world to come and work with us.
Interested professionals may write to: &

In my mind, the Centre is already there, the objects are in place, a poet is reading under a tree and a potter is working at the wheel. I am in a hurry to build because the building itself is only the beginning. 
Jatin Das
JD Centre of Art

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