Dr Dinanath Pathy at Damansara Performing Arts Centre, July 2016 | photo: Abtin Javid
Sutra Foundation is saddened to hear this morning the passing away of one of Odisha finest artists-scholars-writers – Dr Dinanath Pathy. A renaissance man of Odisha, Dinanath Pathy was not only an artist-par-excellence who integrated the various artistic genres but was also a cultivator of talents and builder of institutions. Just recently in 2016, Sutra was fortunate to have collaborated with Dr Pathy in two major odissi productions – GANJAM and Amorous Delight. Sutra Gallery had also presented Pathy in several solo and group exhibitions. Dr Dinanath Pathy had written one of the most insightful critiques on odissi, Rethinking Odissi, which contextualised odissi’s evolutionary development within the phases of it’s reconstruction in the Twentieth Century. Dr Pathy had worked extensively with Dr Eberhard Fischer of Rietberg Museum, Switzerland, and made Odisha’s art and culture know to the world through their collaborative publications. Dinanath’s Pathy was also a champion of the odissi works of the late Debaprasad Das through the publication of Arts Quarterly, ANGARAG. Sutra sends condolences to his son, Dr Soubhagya Pathy and wife Mamata, to Ramahari Jena and Jyotiranjan Swain who must be devastated by his sudden demise. Dr Dinanath Pathy was one of the main persons spearheading a major Visual Arts Conclave to be launched today for the new Ila Panda Centre of Arts in Bhubaneswar.
Rethinking Odissi, Acrylic on Canvas used as jacket cover of book of same title.