Classical Tag For Odissi Music: Odisha Govt’s Move Hailed By Sankalp

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Bhubaneswar: Sankalp, a national organization engaged in promotion of art and culture, today welcomed Odisha Government’s decision to move the Centre seeking classical tag for Odissi Music hailing it as the first historic step towards achieving the coveted recognition.

In a letter to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Programme Director and Creative Head of Sankalp, Kasturi Pattanaik said the decision to recommend to the Central Government for according classical tag to Odissi music has given a major boost to the tireless efforts by maestros and others for getting the status.

Mrs Pattanaik, herself a renowned Odissi dance exponent, highlighted the long journey, spearheaded by the veterans of Odissi Music, who almost dedicated their lives to Odissi Music, with the noble desire that the same be accorded classical status.

Pattanaik, who has the privilege of working with most of the Odissi Music maestros, said she also coordinated “Kabichandra Dr. Kali Charan Patnaik Odishi Music Seminar”, organised by SANSKRUTTIM at Bhubaneswar in February, 2020; wherein the maestros and young exponents of Odissi Music deliberated and passed a resolution urging the Odisha Government to take immediate necessary steps for according classical recognition to Odissi Music.

“You and your officials deserve all the kudos from all of us for this first historic step towards classical tag for Odissi music. For the next step – getting final approval from the Government of India, your kind intervention will be absolutely needed,” she said.

Many veterans, who were in divine abode and who are very much around,  and a galaxy of young and promising music exponents and lovers, have campaigned on a sustained basis for classical recognition to Odissi Music, Pattanaik said.

It may be noted here that the Stage Heritage Cabinet meeting chaired by the Chief Minister had on September 2 passed a resolution to move the Central Government seeking classical status to Odissi music which is as old as Odissi dance with ancient origin.

In 1964, Odissi dance was accorded ‘classical dance’ status by the Centre. In 2014, Odia language received the status of 6th classical language of the country by the Union Government. In 2008, the State Government recognised Odissi as a classical form of music. “This form of music is very ancient and has a Sashtric basis. It is also different from other forms of classical music,” the Minister said.

Stating that Odissi music has all the elements to be accorded classical status, Pattanaik said it is very ancient and has a Shashtric basis with a distinct identity. It is quite different from other forms of classical music, she said.

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