Naveen Patnaik inaugurates Kalinga Art Gallery, five regional art galleries – Edexlive
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday inaugurated the Kalinga Art Gallery and five regional art galleries. The Kalinga Art Gallery is the largest art gallery in the state located within the premises of the State Museum. The five regional art galleries were established in five districts, namely Chhatrapur (Ganjam), Puri, Balasore, Sambalpur and Koraput. The Odisha Lalit Kala Akademi took the initiative in creating these art galleries.
Attending the ceremony in virtual mode, the Chief Minister announced that a world-class museum complex would soon be established in the state. He said he asked Odia’s Department of Language, Literature and Culture to develop a comprehensive master plan for a world-class museum complex with different facilities for history, art and culture.
Emphasizing the state’s cultural glory, the Chief Minister said Odisha is a great repository of a rich cultural and artistic heritage. “We have unique traditions of painting, architecture, sculpture and crafts that reflect a long and diverse cultural heritage. Art runs in our blood, rooted in our minds. We have a responsibility towards our artistic traditions and must do everything to protect, conserve and promote this unique tradition, ”said Patnaik.
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He added that 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 artists of national and international renown. It will also help art-loving citizens and tourists to discover our glorious artistic traditions,” he added. The chief minister said regional art galleries in five districts will encourage local artists to display their artistic creativity and promote local art forms. These galleries will be a central point of interaction between our young aspiring artists, helping them to learn and evolve over time.
Joining the program, Minister of Tourism, Odia Language, Literature and Culture Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi said that these art galleries will give our artists a big boost.