STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE 
Rourkela, 6 January
The state level artist&’s camp that is being organised by the Odisha Lalit Kala Akademi in association with the Cultural Academy, a well-known organisation in promoting theatre, art and literature, got up to a solemn beginning here today. 
Speaking on the occasion, veteran art teacher Mr Lokanatha Sahu suggested that art should be a part of serious curriculum so that it would be helpful in  making better human beings whoever follows it seriously.
“An artist is a pure soul and there should be promotion of art and culture at all level so that this becomes more attractive to all instead of remaining confined to a few,” he said. 
Lauding the members of Cultural Academy for the event, the president of OLKA Mr Siba Panigrahi observed that such attempt should be emulated by other organisations to promote love of art not only amongst the new generation but also would help in finding newer talent. 
Mr Rabi Narayana Ratha, secretary of OLKA felt the need of such camps for the cause of art and was hopeful that with growing interest there would be serious efforts in the promotion of arts.  “I always believe that such camps and interactions will further the cause of art and this will not remain the domain of few rather become broader based,” he said. 
Noted academician Dr. Prabhat Mallick, president of Cultural Academy threw light  on the history of art. 
The organisers informed that there are 12 veteran artists participating in the three day long camp.
They will contribute with their paintings, which will be made on the spot to enrich the camp and two of them, Mr Nirmal Kumar Basa and Mr Gokulananda Das, are members of Cultural Academy. 
The OLKA is providing Rs 10,000 to each artist participating in the camp  and another Rs 1,000 towards expenses like colour and canvass etc.