Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wrote to Union Minister Prahlad Singh Patel and requested him to accord ‘classical’ status to Odishi music.
In a letter, he urged him to ‘fulfill the long cherished dream of the music lovers of Odisha and India’ by according the tag.
“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 dount Odishi music has all the requisite and exclusive characteristics to be recognised as a classical music.”Naveen Patnaik, Odisha Chief Minister
Earlier, the State Government had decided to approach Centre in the Heritage Cabinet meeting held on September 2.