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“Cinema, TV must promote unity”

Special Correspondent

Governor highlights the cultural links between Tamil Nadu and Orissa

— PHOTO: S.R. RAGHUNATHAN

RECEIVING A MEMENTO: Governor Surjit Singh Barnala being felicitated by Biswabhusan Harichandan, Orissa Minister for Industries and Law, at the Oriya Film and Cultural Festival in Chennai on Sunday. Debasis Nayak, Orissa Minister for Information and Public Relations, is in the picture.

Chennai: Cinema and television should promote unity, peace and development of society, apart from propagating the need to preserve the country’s rich cultural heritage, Governor Surjit Singh Barnala said here on Sunday.

Globalisation and liberalisation should not be allowed to erode India’s tradition and culture and young artists should be identified and nurtured, the Governor told a special address at the second day of the Oriya Film and Cultural Festival 2007 organised jointly by the Utkal Association, Chennai, and the Information and Public Relations Department, Government of Orissa.

Recalling the cultural links between Tamil Nadu and Orissa, Mr. Barnala said the Odissi dance form was a close parallel to Tamil Nadu’s Bharatanatyam. Both had their origin in the temple dance form and were similar in many ways. Exchange of programmes were the best way to promote and preserve the culture and tradition in their pristine forms, he said.

Tamil Nadu and Orissa should support each other’s ancient art and heritage, Biswabhushan Harichandan, Orissa Minister for Industries and Law, said.

A host of film personalities and artists from both States, including film music director Ilayaraja, actor Sandhya and Oriya actor Sabyasachi Mohapatra, were felicitated. Mr. Ilayaraja said there were a lot of similarities between Jayadeva’s Oriya verses and Kambaramayanam. The three-day festival would feature recitals of Gita Govindam and Odissi bhajans, performance of dance forms such as Odissi, Ghumra and Gotopua. Debasis Nayak, Orissa Minister for Information and Public Relations, was also present.

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