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Demand For Classical Status To Odissi Music Raised In Rajya Sabha

Bhubaneswar:21/9/20: In the Monsoon Session of the  Parliament, Odisha MP Dr. Amar Patnaik today raised the demand for conferring ‘classical status’ to Odissi music.

Pressing for the demand in Rajya Sabha, the BJD MP highlighted that Odisha Heritage Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has passed a resolution on  September 2 requesting the Centre for conferring classical status to Odissi music. This will be a significant move towards promoting the rich heritage and vibrant cultural traditions of Odisha and help honour the sentiments of Odia community.

“The State Government’s request assumes enormous significance to deepen and expand the cultural heritage, which constitutes our soft power of persuasion and attraction on a global platform,” the MP asserted. Justifying the demand, he said movement for a separate state of Odisha was based on the nuances of Odia culture, including its language and music. The movement has continued and taken different forms over the years. At present, the movement is manifesting itself through the request of assigning classical status to its music which, according to various scholars, artists, and connoisseurs of Odissi music, is long overdue.The Government of India recognized Odissi as a classical dance form in 1964 and Odia as a classical language in 2014. Integral to both, Odissi music should also be treated the same way. In an effort to rediscover, preserve, and promote the musical ethos, I put forth the Odisha Government’s request and urge the Ministry to accord classical status to Odissi music,” the MP said in his appeal.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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