Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 1:
The Odisha government has decided to form Urban Art and Culture Groups for inclusion of all traditional artists residing in the state’s urban areas.
A decision to this effect was taken a high level review meeting on various awareness programmes undertaken through the Art and Culture Federation, at the State Secretariat here on Friday.
Chief minister Naveen Patnaik directed the concerned officers to form an Urban Art and Culture Group in every town having a minimum of 1 lakh population and include the local artists in the awareness programmes.
It was revealed in the meeting that the traditional artists, enrolled with the art and culture groups formed in the block and the state levels, are performing various awareness programmes being undertaken by the Health and Family Welfare, Panchayati Raj, Rural Development and SC and ST Welfare departments.
Nearly 80,000 artists of the state have been enrolled with the Art and Culture Federation till date.
To expedite the awareness programmes, the chief minister directed inclusion of nearly three lakh traditional artists in the federation.
He also asked the officials to initiate efforts to protect unitary art forms of Janughanta Parshuram, Kebera and Chakulia Pandas.
Among others, Tourism and Culture minister Ashok Chandra Panda, chief secretary GC Pati, Development Commissioner AP Padhi and commissioner-cum-secretary, Tourism and Culture Arabinda Padhee were present at the meeting.