On Wednesday the Odisha Heritage Cabinet passed a resolution requesting Centre to give Odissi music Classical Status, under the state Culture Minister Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi.
The heritage cabinet gave the nod to a proposal for the formation of the separate and autonomous directorate for clear monitoring of the Odisha State Archaeology, Odisha State Museum (OSM) having 15 important sub-departments.
It also reviews for district museums functioning under it and at present OSM under the Department of Odia Language, Literature and Culture. Odisha State Museum is to be developed into a virtual entity with digitisation for wider viewership among audience across the world during the amid COVID-19 pandemic.
A proposal passed to fragment and increase the monetary amount given by the Department of Odia Language, Literature and Culture to the nominated artists in several cultural fields.
To acknowledge the significance given to awardees, the specific amounts for the Atibadi Jagannath Das Samman, Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja Samman, Dharmapada Samman and Byasakabi Phakir Mohan Samman, may increase from 1 lakh to 5 lakh.
Similarly, the amount for awardees of the various Academies shall be increased from Rs 50,000 to Rs 2 lakh and the felicitations of the various Academies shall be increased to Rs 1 lakh.
A proposal moved as well as approved to counter all the existing vacancies in the various academies, institutions and multiple centres of the Department of Odia Language, Literature and Culture.
It also approved the proposal for the holistic development of the birthplace, Pandit Gopabandhu Das, via project involving a budget of about Rs 11 crore. Odisha is known for its rich image of cultural heritage. In 1964, Odissi recognised as a classical dance by the Government of India.
In 2014 Odia got its recognition by the government of India as a classical language. Odisha recognised Odissi as a classical form of music during 2008, and this form of music is ancient with a Shastri basis.
It differs from other forms of classical music. A resolution was passed to request GoI to give Odissi musical classical status. Cabinet has approved seven proposals for conservation and promotion of the rich Culture and Heritage of the state.