Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday inaugurated Purvasha Folk and Tribal Art Museum set up at Barkul near Chilika at a function in state Secretariat here.
Inaugurating the museum, the Chief Minister said that the museum will play a significant role in promoting, protecting and projecting our great cultural heritage on a global platform.
The Chief Minister also launched the website of ODIART Centre.
“Art is the manifestation of our finer sensibilities. Culminating from the core of our heart, it gives our inner self an identity. It is not about shape or colours, it is all about our dreams, struggle, pursuits and soul-searching that give a different meaning to our life,” said the Chief Minister.
He said Odisha has a rich cultural and artistic heritage.
“We have experts and practitioners of various forms of art and crafts in our state. Our traditional, folk, classical and contemporary dance and music forms, and our tribal dance and songs speak of our rich heritage and cultural identity.
Our unique handicrafts, silver and filigree works, terracotta, pottery, golden grass and cane works, appliqué, horn works, stone and wood carvings have brought us glory from all over the world,” he added.
The Society for Development of Rural Literature has been set up to promote the cultural heritage of Odisha. The museum will preserve, protect and also project our rich cultural heritage for the posterity.
The society has also set up a documentation and Research Centre and is organising Folk Carnival to showcase our inimitable culture.