[box_info]THE REVERED LEGEND Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra:-[/box_info]
From Ratikant Mohapatra :- The park named after Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Odisha yesterday (dt 1st Aug 2013) at Gadhakana, Bhubaneswar. It is unfortunate that while the legendary Kelu babu devoted every waking moment to refinement and aesthetics, should be ‘honoured’ by a statue which is clearly of poor proportions and bears very little resemblance to the man. Looking at my father’s statue I assume that the artiste, who made this, is completely ignorant of the art of statue making , saying his son Ratikant Mohapatra .
Not only does the statue bears little resemblance to Guruji, the inscribed dates are also wrong. He was born on 8/1 1926. Not on 8/10/1926. And he passed away on 7/4/2004 not on 4/7/2004. Such carelessness is totally unacceptable and totally unexpected from an experienced organization like the Bhubaneswar Development Authority BDA.
It is normal courtesy to invite the family members for the inauguration of the statue which honours a legendary figure. But in this case no such invitation was forthcoming, and we are sorry to have being deprived of the opportunity of participating in the ceremonial inauguration.
In spite of a sense of regret, I as the son and disciple of Guruji would like to take this opportunity to offer grateful thanks to the Hon’ble Chief Minister Sri Naveen Patnaik ji for having taken the initiatives in honouring Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. Naveen babu has always been supportive of our efforts in the service of Odissi dance and music and his kind patronage has always given us great encouragement.