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Odisha CM Inaugurates Purvasha Folk & Tribal Art Musuem, Launches ODIART Centre Website

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09 December 2017

Soumya Ranjan Sahoo

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday inaugurated Purvasha Folk & Tribal Art Museum set up at Barkul near Chilika through video conferencing at a function in State Secretariat here.

The Chief Minister also launched the website of ODIART Centre.

Inaugurating the museum, the Chief Minister said, “I am delighted to dedicate the Purvasha Folk and Tribal Art Museum at Barkul, Chilika. Had the weather permitted, I would have been very happy to be at the site for the dedication of this wonderful folk and tribal museum. I thank the Society for Development of Rural Literature for this beautiful endeavour.”

“Art is the manifestation of our finer sensibilities. Culminating from the core of our heart, it gives our inner self an identity. It is not about shape or colours, it is all about our dreams, struggle, pursuits and soul searching that give a different meaning to our life. Odisha has a rich cultural and artistic heritage,” he stated.

The CM averred, “We have experts and practitioners of various forms of art and crafts in our state. Our traditional, folk, classical and contemporary dance and music forms, and our tribal dance and songs speak of our rich heritage and cultural identity. Our unique handicrafts, silver and filigree works, terracotta, pottery, golden grass and cane works, appliqué, horn works, stone and wood carvings have brought us glory from all over the world.”

“The Society for Development of Rural Literature has been set up to promote the cultural heritage of Odisha. The museum will preserve, protect and also project our rich cultural heritage for the posterity. The society has also set up a documentation and research centre, and is organising folk carnival to showcase our inimitable culture. I hope that the museum will evolve as a vibrant centre of cultural activities and tourist destination,” the Odisha CM wished.

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Ashok Kumar Panda, Minister, Tourism & Culture, Odisha

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P.K. Das, Advisor