Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today congratulated Mona Biswarupa Mohanty, an artist from Mayurbhanj, on becoming the first Odia artist to receive UAE’s coveted ‘Golden Visa’, a long-term residence visa for ten years.
Taking to Twitter, Patnaik said that Mohanty’s remarkable achievement will inspire others to excel in various fields globally.
The long-term cultural visa is granted to talents in the fields of arts, creative industries, literature and culture, heritage history and cognitive studies.
Mohanty, who has a diploma in fine arts from the School of Art and Crafts, Baripada, apart from bachelors and masters degrees, has been living in Dubai since 2007.
She is a self-employed art practitioner registered with the Dubai Economic Department.
She has worked in the academic field and in the design industry for eight years.
The ‘Golden Visa’ enables foreigners to live, work and study in UAE without the need of a national sponsor and with 100% ownership of their business in UAE.
“One thing I have learnt from UAE is that closer you are to your roots the higher you can grow in life. Keeping that in mind I try to express myself and in my works,” said Mohanty in a video message.
She said that ‘Odiatua'(Odianess or of being an Odia) is the greatest part of her personality.
“Or maybe it is the only thing that I have. Odiatua, of being an Indian, my homeland, my culture, my art is my biggest inspiration. I always try to reflect in my works,” stated Mohanty.
She expressed her joy and felt proud for being able to represent her homeland, her culture, her art at an international platform here.
With folded hands, she has expressed her gratitude to Lord Jagannath and the soil of Dubai for her achievement and thanked all those who have showered her with congratulatory messages.