Dinanath Pathy

Dinanath Pathy

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  • Name:
  • Dinanath Pathy
  • Died:
  • August 29, 2016

Dinanath Pathy Biography

Dinanath Pathy was a writer, art historian and painter from the state of Orissa. He has served as the secretary of Lalit Kala Akademi in New Delhi and Bhubaneswar. He was the founding principal of the Bibhuti Kanungo College of Art and Crafts. As a writer he is best known for his autobiography work, "Digapahandira Drawing Master" which won him Odisha Sahitya Academy Award. As an art historian he was a recipient of Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship for his research works, and he was also a nominee at the International Rietberg Award from Rietberg Society in 2014. He was the founder principal of Bibhuti Kanungo College of Art and Crafts, Bhubaneswar.


Dinanath Pathy was born in 1942 at Digapahandi of Ganjam, Odisha in British India. He worked as a theatre curtain painter and a makeup man during his younger days. He completed his graduation from Government College of Arts and Crafts Khallikote, followed by studies at Utkal University and Visva-Bharati University. After studies he worked as the arts and crafts curator in Odisha State Museum. During his active years he also served as secretary of Lalit Kala Akademi in New Delhi and president of Odisha Lalit Kala Akademi, Bhubaneswar.


Dinanath Pathy is known to be a promoter of Odisha arts. He worked in Rietberg Museum for over thirty years to promote the arts of Odisha globally. In those days he was associated with famous art historian Eberhard Fischer. He is a President of India Silver Plaque for his contribution to painting. Apart from painting and promoting works, he has also authored more than 50 books in English, Odia and German languages, based on this subject. He died of cardiac arrest in 2016.


Published: January 05, 2020

Updated: January 05, 2020

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