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Plea For Odishi Music

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has urged the Union Government to consider conferring Classical Status to Odishi Music to fulfill the long cherished dream of the music lovers of Odisha,

In a letter to Minister Culture and Tourism, Prahlad Singh Patel, Chief Minister Mr.Patnaik has requested to confer Classical status to Odisha Music (Vocal and Instrumental).

Recently, the Heritage Cabinet decided to draw the attention of the Union Government towards according classical status to the Odishi Music.

Bringing to the attention to the ongoing efforts put by the Art and Music Lovers of Odisha, Chief Minister expressed concern that Odishi Music, the tradition of which dates back almost to second country BCE is yet to be recognized as Classical Music by Government of India.

The Odishan Music has, at least a tradition of 2000 years and is based on written Sastra and its own core Raga.

It has distinctive rendition style based on codified grammar, the characteristic giti system of classical texts and having its own tala, different from Hindustani and Karnatak Music.

“No doubt Odishi music has all the requisite and exclusive characteristics to be recognized as a classical music,” the Chief Minister asserted.

The State Government has undertaken pioneering efforts to get classical status for Odissi music at an institutional level-- establishment of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odishi Research Centre and Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi-- with the purpose of promotion of music, dance and drama in the State of Odisha, Mr.Patnaik said.

Another milestone in the path of promotion of the culture, art, music and tradition of Odisha was the establishment of the Utkal University of Culture way back in the year 1999, by the State Government, he added.

Odissi music has made significant impact on Indian cultural scenario and several Odishan playwrights, sculptors, painters and choreographers have earned national and international fame, the Chief Minister said.

Odishi dance has been recognized as one of the classical forms and stands eminent because of its characteristic bhangi, thani, lalitya, mudra etc, Mr.Patnaik said adding that “Ironically, Odissi music is yet to be recognized as a classical form of music at national level.”
 
He said State’s Heritage Cabinet in its meeting decided to draw the attention of Union Government towards according classical status to the Odissi music.

The Chief Minister enclosed a brief report on classical aspects of Odissi music prepared by the Department of Odia Language, Literature & Culture for ready reference.
 


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