Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday wrote a letter to Union MoS for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri, seeking his attention in allotting a suitable land to the State government for construction of Cultural Centre and Library in Delhi.

In the letter, Patnaik has requested Puri to allot a suitable patch of land in Delhi for construction of Odisha Cultural Centre and Library with a motive to fulfill the long-felt requirement of Odia people residing in the national capital.

"Odissi dance has achieved world-wide acclaim; Odia language is recognized as one of the six classical languages in the country; Odia cuisine, textile, handloom/handicrafts and our rich tribal art and culture are known for their flavor, texture and uniqueness," the CM wrote in the letter.

The State is home to several unique cultural practices which need to be promoted, Patnaik pointed out noting that people from the state don't have a suitable permanent building/space in Delhi where they can showcase their talent and craftsmanship.

"Odias present in Delhi are interested in the preservation and promotion of various cultural forms for which they need a dedicated space like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, who have been provided space for hosting different cultural and social events apart from their Bhawan/Niwas," Patnaik stated while urging intervention of the Union Minister to provide a land in this regard.