Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has urged the Centre for a suitable land in Delhi for construction of Odisha Cultural Centre and Library by the Odisha government.
In a letter to Minister of State (Independent Charge) Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, Naveen sought his intervention to fulfil this long-felt need of the people of his state, residing in the capital, 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. It will also attract tourists -both domestic and foreign, popularizing the practitioners and providing them with viable livelihood options,” he wrote.
Apart from Bhawan/ Niwas, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh have been provided space for hosting cultural and social events, he said. “In the context of the above, I would be grateful if the central government allots suitable land for the purpose,” he said.
Listing out the reasons, he said that Odisha has unique cultural practices that needs patronage and promotion. “They lend colour, variety and diversity to the rich cultural fabric of the country. Odissi dance has achieved world-wide acclaim; Odia language is recognized as one of the six classical languages in the country; Odia cuisine, textile, handloom/handicrafts and our rich tribal art and culture are known for their flavor, texture and uniqueness,” he added.