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Bhubaneswar: Groups of artist brainstormed with administrative authorities and finalised a vision document for uniform development of the state capital under the Smart City Mission at a two-day workshop on art that concluded here on Saturday.

The vision document will include major goals such as developing art, culture, community space that are safe inclusive and childfriendly, conserving and promoting environmental elements such as green and blue corridors, creating awareness on urban issues through art and formation of an urban art advisory.

The document, which will be published shortly, will have components such ancient art and traditional architectural style of the temple city. This will be executed as components of the smart city project. The entire city will also be beautified in keeping with the document.

“There is a need of a specific plan to develop the city in an comprehensive manner. We are planning to take out a second phase of city beautification for the upcoming hockey world cup and the vision document will play a vital role in it. The city will be developed in an uniform manner,” said mayor Ananta Narayan Jena.

Khandagiri caves and (left) participants at the art workshop in Bhubaneswar on Sunday. 

Pictures by Ashwinee Pati

At the concluding day of the workshop on Sunday, members from the Bhubaneswar Urban Knowledge Centre, Ila Panda Centre for Art, Utsha Foundation and Jatin Das Centre of Art took part and provided their inputs in drafting the city’s vision document.

“Bhubaneswar is known for its beautiful monuments dating back to 2nd century BC. The temples of Kalingan era are a treat to watch. Besides, the stone carvings from 6th century AD to 15th century AD are just another add on. We have umpteen number of heritage structures that displays our excellence in public art,” said a participant at the workshop.

The artists say such a treasure should not be seen as history, but incorporated in a manner in the modern city that would go a long way for the learning of the coming generations. “We need to keep our art and tradition intact for the future generation, but it should be done in a manner that it would never be forgotten in the future,” said Jayant Patra, art lover and Kharvela Nagar resident.

Sources said the city administration was considering formation of an art advisory body under the smart city mission, which would give inputs and suggestions for its development and keeping the heritage treasure intact. Besides, a pilot project titled “art of possible” will also be implemented here in the near future, they added.

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