CM Naveen Patnaik Urges Centre To Accord ‘Classical’ Tag to Odishi Music

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has urged the Centre to accord ‘classical’ tag to Odishi music. In a letter addressed to Union Minister Prahlad Singh Patel, Chief Minister Patnaik requested him to ‘fulfil the long-cherished dream of the music lovers of Odisha and India’ by according the tag.

The Chief Minister highlighted the glorious history of Odishi music, which has enthralled the audience over thousands of years.

“The Odishan music has at least a tradition of 2000 years and is based on written Sastra and its own core Raga. It has a distinctive rendition style based on codified grammar, the characteristic giti system of classical texts and having its own tala, different from Hindustani and Karnatak music. No doubt Odishi music has all the requisite and exclusive characteristics to be recognised as classical music,” CM Patnaik wrote in the letter.

He also spoke about how the state had taken various steps to promote Odishi music.

“The Government of Odisha have undertaken pioneering efforts to get classical status for Odishi music at an institutional level, i.e., the establishment of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odishi Research Centre and Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi with the purpose of promotion of music, dance and drama in the State of Odisha,” the letter read.

On September 2, the Odisha Government had decided to approach the Centre in this regard. The proposal for the same had been discussed in the Heritage Cabinet Meeting presided over by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.