Odisha Government will request the Union Government to accord Classical Status to Odissi Music.
State Culture Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has approved a proposal on 2 September.
Bishnupada Sethi, Principal Secretary Odia Language, Literature and Culture said Odisha is well known for its rich cultural heritage.
In 1964, Odissi was recognised as a classical dance by the Government of India (GoI).
In 2014 Odia was recognised by the Union Government as a classical language.
Government of Odisha has recognised Odissi as a classical form of music during 2008.
This form of music is very ancient and has a sastric basis. It is also different from other forms of classical music.
A resolution was passed in the Culture Cabinet to request Union Government to give Odissi music a classical status.
Similarly State Culture Cabinet decided that for proper functioning of the Odisha State Archaeology, a separate and autonomous Directorate shall be formed and the post of a Director shall be created for this purpose.
Similarly State Culture Cabinet has approved to create a separate and autonomous Directorate for the Odisha State Museum and create the post of Director for the same.
In order to make the ancient treasures housed in the Odisha State Museum such as coins, inscriptions, palm leaf manuscripts, anthropological objects, valuable objects related to mining and geology, maritime traditions, ivory objects, arms and instruments, bronze sculptures, and traditional paintings, to a wider audience across the world (especially in the light of the current pandemic), the Odisha State Museum will be developed into a virtual entity with digitisation.
A similar model will be followed for Ananda Bhavan Museum which memorialises Biju Patnaik. Proposal was passed for undertaking this work for the museums.
A proposal was also passed to increase the financial amount being given by Department of Odia Language, Literature and Culture tothe selected artists in various cultural fields.
To recognise the importance being given to awardees, the amounts for the Atibadi Jagannath Das Samman, Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja Samman, Dharmapada Samman and ByasakabiPhakir Mohan Samman, would be increased from Rs. 100, 000 (One lakh rupees) to Rs. 500, 000 (Five lakh rupees).
Similarly, the amounts for awards of the various Academies shall be increased from Rs. 50, 000 (Fifty thousand rupees) to Rs. 200, 000 (two lakh rupees) and the amount of felicitations of the various Academies shall be increased to Rs. 100, 000 (One lakh rupees).
State Cabinet approved to fill up all the existing vacancies in the various academies, institutions and various centres of the Department of Odia Language, Literature and Culture through a transparent process of widely publicised advertisements.
If needed, the posts will also be filled through nomination process.
Pandit Gopabandhu Das is one of the makers of modern Odisha. He had established Satyabadi Bana Bidyalaya and ‘The Samaja’ newspaper.
His contributions to the fields of education, politics, literature, culture and spiritualism are significant.
State Cabinet also approved for holistic development of his birthplace Suando through a project involving a budget of approximately eleven crore rupees.