Naveen Patnaik Demands Infrastructure For Odisha’s Art And Culture In Delhi

Odisha’s Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, in a letter to the Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, proposed the construction of a cultural center and library in Delhi. He has further requested the Centre for allotment of land in the capital for this project. Patnaik stated, “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 Odia people residing in Delhi”.

In the letter, Patnaik explained that the entire state of Odisha whether western or coastal; southern or northern parts, has unique cultural practices. He has proposed to promote these practices, heritage and centuries-old culture at a national level. “Our heritage lends colour, variety, and diversity to the rich cultural fabric of the country,” he said in the letter.

The BJD supremo has also expressed his concerns over lack of infrastructure or space in Delhi where Odias can showcase their talent and craftsmanship. “There is also a sizeable presence of Odia diaspora in Delhi, which are interested in preservation and promotion of various cultural forms,” Patnaik added in the letter.

Such a project aims to attract tourists – both domestic and foreign, popularising the practitioners and providing them with viable livelihood options. Odisha’s Pattachitra, Tala Patra (a variation of Pattachitra), Tassar Patta & Ikat are few of the diverse and varied craft-work that has depicted the magic of the deft hands of Odia artisans all across the world.

Notably, states like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh have been provided space for hosting cultural and social events in Delhi.

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