BJD member Sasmit Patra on Tuesday reiterated in Rajya Sabha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s demand for allotment of a suitable land in Delhi for setting up of an Odisha Cultural Centre and Library.
Dr Patra said the project would add to the richness and diversity of the national capital as well as showcase to the world the rich culture, heritage, legacy and traditions of Odisha.
“While the dance form of Odishi has achieved worldwide acclaim, Odia language is recognised as one of the six Indian classical languages.
Odia cuisine, textiles, handloom and handicrafts are known for their richness in culture. However, people of Odisha do not have a suitable permanent space in Delhi, where they can showcase such cultural richness of the State,” he said.Dr Patra pointed out that many States like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh have been provided space in the national capital to host cultural and social events for promotion of their cultures.
The Odisha Government’s move would attract both foreign and domestic tourists, popularising the cultural forms of Odisha, he said.
Notably, Naveen Patnaik on December 7 last year had written to the Union Housing and Urban Development Minister in this regard.