**Bhubaneswar:** Art is the mantra of unity. Art does not differentiate between caste and community. Art has the power to bring about social reformation, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said today.
Addressing the concluding ceremony of 9th ‘Lok Kala Mahotsav’ here on Thursday, Naveen announced that June 14 would be dedicated and celebrated as Folk Art Day in Odisha every year.
The Chief Minister said that Odisha Government is committed to the development of folk art and welfare of folk artists.
“To ensure this, various awareness programmes are being organised and one village of every district is recognised as ‘Lok Kala Gram’. This apart, financial assistance has been awarded to 50,000 artists in the State,” he said.
The Chief Minister felicitated officials of Panchayati Raj and Health Departments and officials of Dhenkanal, Bhadrak and Nabarangpur districts for a commendable job in promoting and assisting folk art.
Among others, Culture Department Minister, Ashok Panda, Bhubaneswar MP, Prasanna Patsani, MLAs Bijay Mohanty and Priyadarshi Mishra, Culture Department Secretary, Manoranjan Panigrahi and UNICEF’s Odisha Head Monica Nelson were present.