Oriya, also known as Odia, a member of the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European language family.
It is spoken as a first language by 32.1 million people most of whom live in the Indian state of Odisha, although there are also significant Oriya-speaking populations in West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh.
Oriya is thought to have descended from a Prakrit spoken in Eastern India over 1,500 years ago. Of all the languages spoken in Northern India, Oriya shows the least influence of Persian and Arabic. However, it shows significant Buddhist and Jain influences.
Fascinating facts about Oriya
The curved appearance of the Oriya script is a result of the practice of writing on palm leaves, which have a tendency to tear if you use too many straight lines.
Poetry came in first in the Oriya language way before prose and essays which developed quite late.
The first Oriya printing typeset was cast up fully functionally in 1836 by Christian Missionaries.
The initial name of Oriya was officially changed to Odia following Presidential assent on 4th November 2011 to the bill passed by Parliament and issuance of a notification.
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Lynette writes stories about first love, really cute boys, kissing and all the drama. Her stories sometimes address social issues and are most times set in a supernatural world. She does not really like the cold, is afraid of what might be hiding in the dark, and loves anything in, on or smothered with chocolate.
For most of her adult life, she worked as a personal assistant at an international financial institution, and in 2008 she took the brave leap to becoming a self-published author.
Her first indie book, ‘My Recycled Soul’ was chosen as a Quarter Finalist (top 250 from 5000 entries) in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards (Young Adults) 2010. In 2011, her story, ‘When we Love’ was also chosen as a Quarter Finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards (Young Adults).