Naveen urges Centre to provide land at New Delhi for Odisha Cultural Centre, Library

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Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has urged the Centre to provide suitable land in Delhi for construction of ‘Odisha Cultural Centre and Library’ by Odisha Government.

In a letter to Union Housing and Urban Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, the Odisha CM said that people from Odisha don’t have a suitable permanent building/space in Delhi where they can showcase their talent and craftsmanship. There is also a sizeable presence of Odia diaspora in Delhi, who are interested in the preservation and promotion of various cultural forms.

“My Government has been pursuing this at different levels, and now I am hopeful that with your intervention, suitable land will soon be made available for fulfilling the long-felt need of the Odia people residing in Delhi,” Naveen said. It will also attract tourists-both domestic and foreign, popularizing the practitioners and providing them with viable livelihood options, he added.

“The entire state-whether it be western part or the coastal area; the southern region or northern parts, have unique cultural practices, that needs patronage and promotion. They lend colour, variety and diversity to the rich cultural fabric of the country,” the chief minister stated. Home to a sizeable tribal population and agrarian-rural community, Odia culture has evolved indigenously, depicting deep sensitivity of the indigenous community to nature, sentimental relationship between the tiller and his land and unconditional devotion of the devotee for the Lord, Naveen added.

The Chief Minister also pointed out how Odissi dance has achieved worldwide acclaim, Odia language is recognized as one of the six classical languages in the country, Odia cuisine, textile, handloom/handicrafts and State’s rich tribal art and culture are known for their flavor, texture and uniqueness.

Further apprising the Centre that states like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, apart from their Bhawan/Niwas, have been provided space for hosting cultural and social events, the Chief Minister stated he would be grateful if the Central Government allots suitable land for the purpose.

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