Odisha CM inaugurates Kalinga art gallery and five regional art galleries

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Bhubaneswar: 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 Akademy took the initiative in creating these art galleries.

Attended 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 Language, Literature and Culture Department 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, anchored in our mind. We have a responsibility towards our artistic traditions and must do everything to protect, conserve and promote this unique tradition, he added.

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 experience our 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. These galleries will be a focal point of interaction between our young aspiring artists, helping them to learn and evolve over time.

Joining the program, the Minister of Tourism, Language, Literature and Culture of Odia, Shri Jyoti Prakash panigrahi, said that these art galleries will give our artists a big boost. President odisha lalita Akademy Sri Sudarsan patnaik also spoke on this occasion. .

Chief Minister’s Secretary (5-T) Shri VK Pandian moderated the program.

Development Commissioner Shri PK Jena delivered the welcoming speech. The Director of Culture offered the vote of thanks.

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