Odisha’s soul lies in art and culture, says CM at International Crafts Summit in Jajpur
The craft summit, touted to be the first of its kind, featured a confluence of pioneering craftspeople, culture, and art enthusiasts.
Bhubaneswar: The soul of Odisha lies in art and culture and the government is making concerted efforts to develop the State as a global hotspot of tourists, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik while virtually inaugurating the International Craft Summit in Jajpur district today.
“As the ancient Capital of Odisha, Jajpur with its existing assets of religious tourism, urban tourism and Buddhist tourism, has the potential to be a major tourist hub. The cultural heritage of Jajpur is reflected in its vibrant art forms,” the CM said.
The craft summit, touted to be the first of its kind, featured a confluence of pioneering craftspeople, culture, and art enthusiasts. As per reports, international delegates from 15 countries have arrived in Jajpur to engage with local artisans and other stake holders. Four UN agencies and five UNESCO Creative Cities have partnered with the District to realize this ambitious and forward looking event on behalf of the State Government.
“Odisha is an illustrious land of immaculate art and crafts. Our civilizational journey is a journey of our artistic culture. The artistic skills of our craftsmen are reflected in numerous ways. You can find it in our temples, our sculptures, Buddhist shrines, hand-woven clothes, patta paintings, wood works, metal works…… everywhere. Every village, every lane of Odisha exhibits some form of art or craft. The soul of Odisha lives in our art, craft, music and culture.” the CM said, speaking on the cultural splendor of the state.
He said Government of Odisha is making concerted efforts to develop Odisha as a global hotspot of tourists, provide livelihoods and employment opportunities, and make the State attractive for investors.
Describing the initiatives, he said, “We are developing mechanisms for a holistic development of our tourism, handloom and handicrafts sector. We have put in place various policies such as State Tourism Policy, Handicraft Policy, Apparel and Technical Textiles Policy. We are also opening art galleries at different places, organising heritage walks and taking many other initiatives to promote tourism and culture.”
Jajpur Collector gave the welcome address and Zilla Parishad Executive Officer offered the vote of thanks.
Among other participants were Science & Technology Minister Ashok Panda, Rural Development Minister Priti Ranjan Ghadai, Handloom and Textile & Handicrafts Minister Rita Sahu. They too highlighted the cultural heritage of Odisha and its significance in modern age.
Chief of UNESCO Culture Sector for South Asian countries Junhi Han appreciated the efforts for promotion of local art, artists and artisans. Renowned Bolywood actor Dia Mirza also attended.