World-class museum complex in Odisha soon: Naveen

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday announced that a world-class museum complex will come up in the state soon.
Inaugurating the Kalinga Art Gallery and five Regional Art Galleries on virtual mode, Patnaik said he has directed the Department of Odia Language,Literature & Culture to develop a comprehensive master plan for a world-class museum complex with different facilities for history, art and culture.
The Kalinga Art Gallery is the largest Art Gallery of the State placed in the premises of the State Museum. The five Regional Art Galleries have been set up in five districts – Chhatrapur (Ganjam), Puri, Balasore, Sambalpurand Koraput. The Odisha Lalit Kala Akademy has taken the initiative for the establishment of these artgalleries.
Highlighting the cultural glory of the State, the Chief Minister said Odisha is a great repository of rich culturaland artistic heritage.
‘’We have unique traditions of painting, architecture, sculpture and handicrafts that reflect a long diverse cultural heritage. Art runs in our blood, ingrained in our minds. We owe a responsibility to our artistic traditions and should do everything to protect, conserve and promote this unique tradition, ‘’he added.
Patnaik said the Kalinga Art Gallery will be a repository of art and artists of the state. It will be a confluence ofartists from different regions including artists of national and international repute. It will also help art-loving citizens and tourists to learn about Odisha’s glorious artistic traditions, he added.
The CM said Regional Art Galleries in five districts will encourage local artists to display their artistic creativity and promote local art forms. The galleries will be the focal point of interaction among young and budding artists, helping them learn and evolve over time.
Minister of Tourism, Odia Language, Literature & Culture Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi said the art galleries will provide a great boost to THE artists. Odisha lalita Academy President Sudarsan Patnaik also spoke on the occasion.

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