Bhubaneswar: The Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, on Thursday inaugurated in Bhubaneswar the Kalinga art gallery and five regional art galleries.
The Kalinga Art Gallery, located on the grounds of the State Museum, is the largest art gallery in the state. In the districts of Chhatrapur (Ganjam), Puri, Balasore, Sambalpur and Koraput, five regional art galleries have been established. The Odisha Lalit Kala Akademy is the driving force behind the creation of these art galleries.
The chief minister, who was present at the event virtually, said the state will soon be home to a world-class museum complex. He said he had authorized Odia’s Department of Language, Literature and Culture to draft a master plan for a world-class museum complex with various historical, artistic and cultural amenities.
The Chief Minister noted that Odisha is a formidable reserve of rich cultural and creative heritage, highlighting the cultural splendor of the state. “We have distinct traditions in art, architecture, sculpture and crafts that bear witness to a rich cultural heritage. Art is ingrained in our blood and in our mind. We owe it to our artistic traditions to maintain them, to preserve them and to promote them, and we must do everything we can do, “Patnaik explained.
He went on to say that the Kalinga Art Gallery will be a powerhouse for art and artists in the state. “It will bring together artists from all over the world, including national and international artists. It will also help locals and art-loving visitors to discover our rich artistic heritage, ”he said.
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