Bhubaneswar, June 18, 2018:
Young culture enthusiast Prateek Pattanaik was felicitated by Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik today for his contribution in preserving Odihsa’s culture and folk traditions.
Prateek Pattanaik said,
Today CM’s office reached out to me. Honourable CM Naveev Patnaik felicitated me and promised to extend help for our work in cultural preservation. I am grateful to find our work being recognised and I hope we can continue preserving more of Odisha’s dying folk arts.
Prateek is continuing his graduation at a city college. He has made video documentaries on various regional folk traditions like Duari, Bharata Leela, Prahallada nataka to name a few.
His recent independent project to document Prahallada Nataka, a dying performing art form from Ganjam district of Odisha, attracted several individuals and organisations to support both financially and with ideas, and some even gave hands during the production. This is arguably the longest ever multimedia documentation of the art form.
Also a series of videos that contain performances of village musicians with traditional musical instruments have been documented by Prateek . Many of these instruments no longer have the popularity they used to enjoy at a time.
Prateek also has initiated a project called Pothi to digitise rare and out-of-copyright Odia-language books and Palm-leaf manuscripts. He has already scanned more than 300 rare books from the library in Koraput. Some of the books that have been scanned are a 1924 first edition of Jayadeva’s Gita Govinda and an 18th-century epic Odia poem Bidagdha Chintamani.
Currently he is translating Abolakara kahanee (a series of Odia children folktale) under the guidance of famous author Devdutt Pattanaik.