It is said Mother and motherland is greater than heaven ,so as our mother tounge. Unlike every language spoken across the world , Odia is also a sweet language which tastes best when told with an open heart .We the Odia people are proud of our motherland & mother tongue. Odia was declared as a classical language on 20th February 2014.After Sanskrit, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam ,it is the sixth Indian language to get such prestigious tag .
Here are few interesting facts about Odia that will increase your love towards your mother toungue ‘Odia’ –
Oriya/Odia language is the result of the evolution of a speech style of Old Indo-Aryan language.The stone inscription of Ananta Varma Bajrahasta Deva dating back to 1051 AD is considered as the first manifestation of Oriya/Odia script and language.
While in India Odia speaking people form about 3.2% of the total population,globally they accounts to about 45 million.
There are nine siblings of the widely used style of Odia, i.e. Kataki Odia which have acquired their names as per the areas in which they are used. For instance, Midnapori Odia in Midnapore and the list goes on similar lines as, Singhbhumi, Baleswari, Ganjami, Sambalpuri, Desiya, Bhatri, Halbi and Phulbani.
Odia is the official language of Odisha and the second official language of Jharkhand.The language is also spoken by a sizable population of at least 10 million people in Chhattisgarh. Apart from Odisha & Chattisgarh , there are also significant Odia-speaking populations in other areas of India, such as the Midnapore district of West Bengal, the East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum Seraikela Kharsawan district, Simdega, Gumla, Khunti, Ranchi district of Jharkhand, the Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Vishakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh.
The migrated Odia constitute a sizeable number in several countries around the world,totaling the number of Odia speakers on a global scale to 45 million.It has a significant presence in eastern countries such as Bangladesh,Indonesia,mainly carried by the sadhaba, ancient traders from Odisha who carried the language along with the culture during the old-day trading,and in western countries such as the United States, Canada, Australia and England as well. The language has also spread to Burma, Malaysia, Fiji, Sri Lanka and Middle East countries .