Naveen Recalls March 11, The Day Odia Language Was Given ‘Classical Language’ Status

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Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today recalled March 11, 2014, the day on which Odia language got the ‘classical language; status.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik took to twitter and said, “March 11 is the day of pride for every Odia as Odia language became the sixth language of the country to get ‘classical language’ status. He also assured people of Odisha to work for the development of the language.

Notably, Odia on March 11, 2014 became the sixth language of the country to get “classical language” status after the Union Cabinet conceded a long-pending demand for putting it in the same league as Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Mlayalam.

Odia, formerly known as Oriya, is a language spoken by 4.2% of the country’s population. It is a classical Indo-Aryan language that is spoken mostly in eastern India, with around 33 million native speakers globally.

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