Dr. Dinanath Pathy (1942-2016)
Painter, Writer and Art Historian
A distinguished painter and pioneer of the modern and contemporary art movement of Odisha, Dr. DinanathPathy was brought up in a family of artists and poets in the traditional town of Digapahandi, Ganjam in Odisha.
In education and training, he combined both traditional Guru-Sisya Parampara as well as the modern university system. He studied at Khallikote, Bhubaneswar, Santiniketan and Zurich. He wrote two dissertations: ‘History of Orissan Painting’, and ‘Art and Regional Traditions’. He was awarded Ph.D. by Utkal University and VisvaBharati University. He is also the recipient of Honorary D. Litt. from Berhampur University.
He had a wide range of important assignments from Museum to Tourism, from Teaching to Art Administration and Visualization to Research. He was the Curator, Art and Crafts in Odisha State Museum (1972-1979); Founder Principal of B.K. College of Art and Crafts under the Department of Culture, Government of Odisha (1984-1994); Secretary of the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi (1994-1996) and President of the Orissa Lalit Kala Akademi (2003-05). He was the Director, Alice Boner Institute, Varanasi (2000-2016). He collaborated with the Museum Rietberg, Zurich, Switzerland from 1978-2015.
His works have been recognized at national and international levels and he earned a number of awards, fellowships and scholarships such as President of India Silver Plaque for Painting from All India Fine Art and Crafts Society (1988); A.L. Basham Memorial Award for Creative Research, Institute of Oriental and Orissan Studies (1986); Odisha Sahitya Akademi Award for Creative Literature (1993); International Award for Painting, China Art Exposition (1998); International Rietberg Award for Research (2014); Prajatantra Vishuva Samman (2015) and Dharmapada Award (2015), Odisha Lalit Kala Akademi.
He was the recipient of Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship (1996-98); Japan Foundation Fellowship (1996); Nehru Trust Victoria and Albert Museum London Research Fellowship (1993); British Council London Visiting Fellowship (1990) and Senior Fellowship, Department of Culture, Government of India.
Dr.Pathy was nominated to several distinguished international and national institutions. He was the State Visualizer and Designer for Government of Odisha for major national and international exhibitions including Kalinga Bali Yatra, Odisha Festival in Bali, Indonesia (1993); Designer, Curator and Commissioner for Festival of India Exhibition – Indian Popular Art in Sweden and USSR (1987); Commissioner, Exhibition on Decorative Arts of the Indian Tribe, ICCR (1989); Indian Commissioner, 4th Cairo Biennial (1992); Indian Commissioner, 7th Triennial India (1991); Curator, “Stirring Odissi” International Exhibition, Kuala Lumpur, 2008.
He exhibited his paintings in India and abroad individually and in groups including Museum Rietberg, Zurich; V&A Museum, London; Jurigi Gallery, Japan; OSA Convention, Chicago; China Expo, Beijing; British Council Gallery, RabindraBhavan Gallery and India International Centre, New Delhi; and Hotel Taj and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.
He represented in major public and private collections including The National Gallery of Modern Art, Parliament House, Lalit Kala Akademi, India Tourism Development Corporation, Union Public Service Commission, HUDCO, British Council and Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi and Victoria & Albert Museum, London and other bodies.
He authored and published more than a hundred books, which include Art Historical Volumes, Poetry, Short Story Collections, Fiction, Travelogues, Exhibition Catalogues in India and abroad.