Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 1:
Even seven years after its inception, the Utkal Rangamanch in the premises of state-owned Odissi Research Centre in the Odisha capital is yet to see the light of the day for want of funds.
As a majority of the theatres and auditoriums are located in the heart of the city, the state government envisaged to set up a theatre at the Odissi Research Centre located at one end of the city for the convenience of artists and culture enthusiasts.
The foundation stone for Utkal Rangamanch was laid on 23 Feb, 2008. However, the project has been stalled for an indefinite period and the authorities have no answers for this.
Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO) was commissioned for construction of the theatre equipped with modern facilities. Though the building housing the theatre, audience gallery and other structures have been erected, the technical aspects necessary for a theatre haven’t been taken up.
For example, the provision for sound and light system, a key component in any theatre, has not been made yet. The hall has to be made sound-proof to restrict the sound from going out and outside noise from getting in.
According to sources, the IDCO authorities had placed their demands before the Culture department to sanction additional funds necessary to complete the theatre project. The work has stopped awaiting sanction of funds.
“We would sanction the necessary funds soon and the remaining work for the theatre project will be completed by the end of this year,” Culture Director, Sushil Kumar Das said.