Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday inaugurated the Kalinga Art Gallery and five regional art galleries in the districts and announced the establishment of a world-class museum complex in the state. Kalinga Art Gallery is the largest of its kind in the state and is located on the premises of the State Museum, regional art galleries have been established in Chhatrapur (Ganjam), Puri, Balasore, Sambalpur and Koraput . The Odisha Lalit Kala Akademy has taken the initiative in establishing these art galleries, an official said.
Assistant to the function in virtual mode, Patnaik announced that a world-class museum complex will soon be built in the state and that he has asked the Department of Language, Literature and Culture of Odia to develop a comprehensive master plan. with facilities for history, art and culture.
âWe have unique traditions of painting, architecture, sculpture and crafts that reflect a long and diverse cultural heritage. Art runs in our blood, is anchored in our mind. We have a responsibility towards our artistic traditions and must do everything to protect, conserve and promote this unique tradition, âhe said. The Kalinga Art Gallery will be a powerhouse for art and artists in the state. It will be a confluence of artists from different regions, including those of national and international renown. It will also help citizens and art-loving tourists learn about artistic traditions, he said. Regional art galleries will encourage local artists to display their artistic creativity and promote local art forms. These galleries will be a focal point of interaction between young and aspiring artists, helping them to learn and evolve over time, Patnaik said. The Minister of Literature and Culture, JP Panigrahi and the President of Odisha Lalitkala Akademy Sudarsan Pattnaik also spoke on this occasion.
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