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Arts education vital for ability-driven education: Governor

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GovernorBhubaneswar: Arts education has an important part to play in an ability-driven education system. It would fuel the imagination of students and develop their creativity. It would enable them to create new ideas and products, said Governor, Dr. S.C. Jamir while addressing the Governor’s Trophy Award Ceremony- 2017 at Rabindra Mandap here on Tuesday.

While gracing the event organised by Department of Culture in collaboration with Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi and Odisha Lalit Kala Akademi, the Governor opined that as the creation of art forms is not limited to students who are artistically talented, students from various disciplines can be benefitted from their participation in the arts as well. After all, arts would help to enhance the school environment as one of discovery and learning. He said creativity will be the core of our economic life and a crucial ingredient to enhance the competitiveness of our nation.

Necessitating the need for creative persons in every field, Jamir was of the opinion that the importance of nurturing an environment of creativity in our schools cannot be over-emphasized. Enthusiasm and interest promise well for arts education in our schools as efforts and initiatives would have a great impact on our students and their attitudes towards the art forms.

Odisha is a land of rich cultural heritage. It is also a land of fascinating art, craft, and handloom that enthral viewers the world over. Here one would witness rural craftsmen, weavers and artists carving beautiful creations in different mediums. Patta paintings and tribal art have their own identity. The state has a distinction for its exquisite silver filigree and appliqué work. Sand art is gaining global acclaim.  In performing arts, Odissi music, dance and song have a long antiquity and the land boasts of many outstanding artists and gurus who have taken the art to great heights, the Governor remarked.

Appreciating the endeavour, the Governor said this will bring together budding talents of the state to express their creativity in different art forms like music, dance and song and visual art. The event would give our young an opportunity to gain varied experiences; it would encourage them to explore their imagination, stimulate their creativity and promote self-expression.

Ashok Chandra Panda, Minister, Tourism & Culture, Manoranjan Panigrahy, Secretary, Culture, Raghunath Mohapatra, President, Lalit Kala Akademi, Trupti Das, President, Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi, Amarendra Kumar Patnaik, Director, Culture, Pradip Kumar Mishra, Secretary, Sangeet Natak Akademi, Tarakant Parida, Secretary, Lalit Kala Akademi among others spoke on the occasion. First Lady of Odisha Alemla Jamir was present in the function. Governor’s Trophy for the year 2016-17 were distributed to successful competitors in music, dance, song and visual art.