Inspirational Paintings at UAIL Art Exhibition

Rayagada has been a hub of exquisite arts and crafts. Dangaria Kandha, a PVTG of Niyamagiri Hills Range, still retains the aesthetic and intrinsic value attached to ‘Kapda Gunda’, a shawl woven by the women of the tribe using natural colors and yarns.

Likewise, the “idal” painting of the Saura tribe adheres to the very high standards of traditional art. The state is facilitating GI labels for these arts.

Kashipur, once notorious for its deaths from poverty and starvation, is making steady progress through a synthesized effort by government, PRI and companies like Utkal Alumina International Limited (UAIL).

Beyond the dryness of minerals and metals, the UAIL has integrated itself into the artistic enigma of the region. A solo art exhibition was held recently in Oshapada township of UAIL, a subsidiary of Hindalco Industries Limited of Aditya Birla Group.

Hina Beig, President of Ujjwal Utkal Ladies Club happily merged her canvases, brushes and colors to create something meaningful and presented about 35 inspiring paintings dedicated to nature, human life, values, culture , history and traditional art forms.

It is a one-of-a-kind initiative in Utkal where Beig, being the torchbearer for promoting art and culture in this tribal hinterland, has dedicated his artwork to employees, families, to service partners and the community to spread a message about the importance of art in our daily lives.

She spread a message about how painting has a direct impact on our daily life, our emotions, our memories, etc. Through this, she also spread a message that investing time in painting not only gives eternal peace to an individual, but also touches the souls of others.

Beig is a passionate woman leader, who has taken the activities of the Ladies Club to greater heights and has always been an inspiration to the women of the Utkal family through her tireless efforts to promote artistic and cultural talents in and around Utkal Alumina.

“All the paintings on display are very expressive and meaningful and would certainly inspire our children towards art as told by onlookers on occasion,” said CSR and Community Relations Manager Dr Lopamudra Priyadarshini, who is a fervent supporter of such initiatives. The three-day exhibition was seen by more than 500 spectators.

Christopher S. Washington