Bhubaneswar, Dec 9 (LocalWire) Odisha government today urged the centre to provide suitable patch of land in Delhi for construction of Odisha Cultural Centre and Library.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, in a letter to Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, sought his intervention to fulfill the long-felt need of the Odia people residing in Delhi.
“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”, Patnaik said.
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 said.
States like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh , apart from Bhawan/Niwas, have been provided space for hosting cultural and social events.
“In the context of the above, I would be grateful if the central government allots suitable land for the purpose,” he said.
Stating that people from the state don’t have a suitable permanent building/space in Delhi where they can showcase their talent and craftsmanship, the chief minister said Odisha has unique cultural practices that need 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 the rich tribal art and culture are known for their flavor, texture and uniqueness, he concluded.