Bhubaneswar : Orissa Information and Public Relations Minister Debasis Nayak Saturday called upon the people of the state to secure its culture and tradition from the invasion of western practices but expressed confidence it will survive the foreign onslaught.
"In the era of globalisation, tougher days are ahead for the Oriya culture and practices," Nayak said while speaking at the sixth anniversary function of Omkar Sankrutika Parishad, a leading cultural organisation of Jajpur district.
"We all are accountable to our future generation. One person cannot preserve it. It's our collective responsibility and we have to shoulder the same for the betterment of Oriyas," he added.
The minister said every challenge creates opportunity and the people of the state should grab the same.
"Western culture is moving much faster than ours. But given the conditions prevailing in the world, our glorious culture will survive in the long run," he predicted.
Pratap Kumar Jena, a Kisan Nagar legislator, also hoped that the state would excel in the field of art and culture in the coming days as Oriya artists are performing well in the world arena.
Noted lyricist Dillip Jena presided over the function. Secretary of the cultural organisation Ashok Kumar Mohapatra and a host of politicians, bureaucrats, media and television personalities attended the ceremony.