ODIA- The Latest Classical Language

20th February 2014, Govt of India issued public notification Classifying Odia as classical language officially approving the wishes of 4.2 Crore people of Odisha . Finally it puts an end to the long term continuous demand from the state. Now after Odissi dance, its another milestone in field of language.

Here is the official notification.

As an Odia, Its a moment to cherish for lifetime. An Odia people should have every reason to celebrate. All my hardworks, I put in my schooldays, I feel more proud of it. Even though Odia hasn’t been the most favorite language of mine in schooldays, I feel proud that I was an Odia medium govt school student. Awarding Odia Classical status has no impact on me. I used to have the same respect n love for it when it didn’t have this TAG also.

Indirectly, Officially now it has been approved that Odia is the language with more than 1500 years of history which is having records.

Few highlights behind the Classical Tag:

1. 6th language to join the elite league. Others are Sanskrit, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam.
2. 1st language from Indo-Aryan linguistic group to get classical status.
3. Now Odisha will get financial assistance for setting up a centre of excellence for the study of Odia language.
4. Now on special request to UGC, study & research on Odia can be started in central universities irrespective of state.
5. Odisha govt will receive a one-time grant of Rs 100 crore for research and development of Odia & subsequently,Rs 5 crore every year.

My series of tweets regarding this.

Hope this enhancement will put an added interest to the people to learn Odia,know its history and contribute towards its development.

This should be an occasion for the Odisha government to boost itself up and put its best to promote Odia in a large scale. I would suggest few things here.

1. Odia language should be made compulsory in all schools in the state irrespective of medium/board of school.
2. Should promote research in Odia language extensively.
3. All signboards, hoardings, commercial shops/establishments, government offices should have odia version also.
4. Finally, most importantly all official communications in govt level should be in Odia.

Apart from this, we also cant deny public coordination in this prospect. We need to show our love & respect towards our mother tongue. Because its history is golden, it is what we express and it will be what we make it. Its not a shame, rather we should be proud to put forward our Odia-ness everywhere. In this regard,need to learn a lot from Bengalis, Telugus, Tamils.

Expecting a positiveness out of this, Waiting for another good news, Classical status to Odia music….

Finally concluding..

Vande Utkal Janani


2 thoughts on “ODIA- The Latest Classical Language

  1. ” is this the only piece of heritage that you can show off to the world? Seriously there are better things to latch onto πŸ™‚

    chaitanna mahaprabhu did come from GEOGRAPHICAL ORISSA but back then there was no orissa, are we forgetting this?

    and your dear lord ASHOKA the great wasn’t your hero too until he defeated your so called “kalinga empire”. he was a scavenger of kalinga and not a king πŸ™‚

    your bali, sumatra etc “J(y)ATRAS” came form LORD ASHOKA’S INVASION of your pillage state.

    the regular oriya isn’t sweet at all, its rather very harsh, its rather the languages like sambalpuri and languages near the west bengal border where the oriya dialects turn sweeter. would you not agree?

    sambalpuri is such a cute language! why are you guys stomping it down to non-exitence and these guys want their language to prosper just like yours. give them their due!

    oh, btw, i forgot to mention YOUR BEST CM (infact my best CM too, one of the best CMs our country ever had) doesn’t even speak Oriya! ”

    (MBA, IMT Ghaziabad)
    Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

    • Thanks Aayush for going thru my piece of blog. Really appreciate some parts you said. Still I dont agree with few parts. Will try to clarify on some points.

      1. You talked abt “only piece of heritage” something. Would like to ask if you have talent in Music, still if you dont hv a recognition in it, how your talent is of any use. To get some opportunity, you need to showcase your assets n get certified so that its very clear what u possess. Same applies here as well.
      2. We neither hate nor love King Ashoka. We are grateful that its our land which caused a strong heart melt in 267BC. The same thing is still there in our land which will soften everyone’s heart.
      3.Coming to “Sweetness of language” something you told. Let me tell you 1 thing. I stay in Hyderabad, n I can’t understand a bit of Telugu at all. Still I like it. So whether you are liking or not, it depends on ur taste. Again Odia language itself is diversified again. You are forgetting here the Sambalpuri, Santali language are Odia based only with some modified words n speaking style. At the end of day, everyone writes the sama Odia which may not seem Sweet to you. But we like it. Seems like ur knowledge on Odia needs little bit of more research. Nobody is suppressing any language. Koshali/Sambalpuri language is still as sweet n dominant like ever. So whatever accredition Odia has got, it automatically applies to all of its subsidiaries.
      4. About CM of Odisha. Yes even we ppl are disheartened with that. Still I believe efficient work has no substitute. As long as he is working good, I have no prob.And I think all Odias feel the same. See even if we make fun of Naveen Patnaik’s Odia, still while voting we vote for him, just because we trust him. The result u can see from Assembly n Loksabha polls 2014.

      I hope I make some air clear here. Really nice to hear your opinion, however some hatredness I can sense from ur comment which is unfortunate from a person with such nice signature.


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