Odia (ଓଡ଼ିଆ  oḍiā (help·info)) (formerly romanized as Oriya)[5] is a language spoken by 4.2% of India's population.[6] It is a classical Indo-Aryan language that is spoken mostly in eastern India, with around 33 million native speakers globally, as of 2007. It is the predominant language of the Indian state of Odisha (Orissa)[7] where native speakers make up 75% of the population,[8] and is also spoken in parts of West Bengal,[9] Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh,[10] and Andhra Pradesh.[11] Odia is one of the many official languages of India; it is the official language of Odisha
and the second official language of Jharkhand.[12][13][14] The language is also spoken by a sizeable population of at least 1 million people in Chhattisgarh. Odia is the sixth Indian language to be designated a Classical Language in India
on the basis of having a long literary history and not having borrowed extensively from other languages.[15][16][17][18] The earliest known inscription in Odia dates back to the 10th century AD.[19]


1 Geographical distribution

1.1 India 1.2 Foreign countries

2 Forms

2.1 Standard Odia 2.2 Major forms or dialects 2.3 Minor non literary and tribal forms or dialects

3 History

3.1 Charyapada
of 8th Century and its affinity with Odia language 3.2 Poet Jayadeva's literary contribution

4 Phonology 5 Morphology 6 Writing system 7 Literature 8 Language sample 9 See also 10 References 11 Further reading 12 External links

Geographical distribution[edit] India[edit] Odia is mainly spoken in the state of Odisha, but there are significant Odia-speaking populations in the neighbouring states, such as Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Jharkhand, and Chhattisgarh; as well as in the neighbouring country of Bangladesh.[20] Due to the increasing migration of labour, the west Indian state of Gujarat
also has a significant population of Odia speakers, with Surat being the city with largest Odia-speaking population in Gujarat.[21][better source needed] Significant numbers of Odia speakers can also be found in the cities of Vishakhapatnam, Hyderabad, Pondicherry, Bangalore, Chennai, Goa, Mumbai, Raipur, Jamshedpur, Baroda, Ahmedabad, New Delhi, Kolkata, Kharagpur, Guwahati, Shillong, Pune, and Silvassa.[22][not in citation given] Foreign countries[edit] The Odia diaspora constitute a sizeable number in several countries around the world, totalling the number of Odia speakers on a global scale to 55 million.[23][page needed][need quotation to verify] 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,[24] 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
Sri Lanka
and Middle East
Middle East
countries.[23] Forms[edit]

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Standard Odia[edit] Kataki Odia or The Odia of Mughalbandi region is considered as Standard Odia due to literary traditions. It is spoken mainly in the eastern half of the state of Odisha, in districts like Khurdha, Puri, Cuttack, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Dhenkanal, Angul
and Nayagarh
district with little variation.[25] Major forms or dialects[edit]

Midnapori Odia: Spoken in the undivided Midnapore
District of West Bengal. Singhbhumi Odia: Spoken in East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum
West Singhbhum
and Saraikela-Kharsawan
district of Jharkhand Baleswari Odia: Spoken in Baleswar, Bhadrak
and Mayurbhanj
district of Odisha. Ganjami Odia: Spoken in Ganjam
and Gajapati districts of Odisha
and Srikakulam
district of Andhra Pradesh. Sambalpuri Odia Spoken in Bargarh, Bolangir, Boudh, Debagarh, Jharsuguda, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Sambalpur, Subarnapur and Sundargarh districts of Odisha
and by some people in Raigarh, Mahasamund, Raipur districts of Chhattisgarh
state. Desiya Odia: Spoken in Koraput, Rayagada, Nowrangpur
and Malkangiri Districts of Odisha
and in the hilly regions of Vishakhapatnam, Vizianagaram
District of Andhra Pradesh. Bhatri: Spoken in South-western Odisha
and eastern-south Chhattisgarh. Halbi: Spoken in undivided Bastar district of Chhattisgarh. Halbi is a mixture of Odia and Marathi with influence of Chatishgarhi tribal languages. Phulbani
Odia: spoken in Phulbani, Phulbani
Town, Khajuripada block of Kandhamal, and in nearby areas bordering Boudh district
Boudh district
.This language gained momentum during the amalgamation of kandhamal(Phulbani), and Boudh, region into a single district Phulabani,

Minor non literary and tribal forms or dialects[edit] Odia's minor dialects include:[26]

Sundargadi Odia  : Variation of Odia Spoken in Sundargarh district of Odisha
and in adjoining pockets of Jharkhand
and Chhattisgarh. Kalahandia Odia  : Variation of Odia spoken in undivided Kalahandi
District and neighboring districts of Chhattisgarh. Kurmi: Spoken in Northern Odisha
and South west Bengal. Sounti: Spoken in Northern Odisha
and South west Bengal. Bathudi: Spoken in Northern Odisha
and South west Bengal. Kondhan: A tribal dialect spoken in Western Odisha.. Laria: Spoken in bordering areas of Chatishgarh and Western Odisha. Aghria: Spoken mostly by the ingenious people of Aghria caste in Western Odisha. Bhulia: Tribal form spoken in Western Odisha. Sadri: A mixture of Odia and Hindi
language with major regional tribal influence. Bodo Parja / Jharia: Tribal dialect of Odia spoken mostly in Koraput district of Southern Odisha
. Matia: Tribal dialect of Odia spoken in Southern Odisha. Bhuyan: Tribal dialect of Odia spoken in Southern Odisha. Reli: Spoken in Southern Odisha
and bordering areas of Andhra Pradesh. Kupia: Spoken by Valmiki caste people in the Indian state of  Telangana
and Andhra Pradesh, mostly in Hyderabad, Mahabubnagar, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, East Godavari and Visakhapatnam districts.


A detailed chart depicting evolution of the Odia script as displayed in a museum at Ratnagiri, Odisha

Odia is an Eastern Indo-Aryan language belonging to the Indo-Aryan language family. It is thought to be directly descended from an Odra Magadhi Prakrit similar to Ardha Magadhi, which was spoken in eastern India
over 1,500 years ago, and is the primary language used in early Jain texts.[27] Odia appears to have had relatively little influence from Persian and Arabic, compared to other major North Indian languages. The history of the Odia language
Odia language
is divided into eras:

Old Odia (3rd century BC): The earliest evidence of Old Odia is found in the 3rd century BC Ashoka edit of Dhauli and 1st century BC Hathigumpha inscription.[28] The old colloquial literature is the Charyapada, poetry written in an Apabhraṃśa ancestral to Odia, Bengali and Assamese. Early Middle Odia (1200–1400): The earliest use of prose can be found in the Madala Panji
Madala Panji
of the Jagannath Temple at Puri, which dates back to the 12th century. Such works as Shishu Veda, Amara Kosha, Gorakha Samhita, Kalasha Chautisha, and Saptanga are written in this form of Odia.[29][30][31] Middle Odia (1400–1700): Sarala Das
Sarala Das
writes the Vilanka Ramayana.[32][33] Towards the 16th century, poets emerged around the Vaishnava leader Acyutananda, These five poets are Balaram Das, Jagannatha Dasa, Acyutananda, Ananta Das and Jasobanta Das. Late Middle Odia (1700–1850): Ushabhilasa of Sisu Sankara Das, the Rahasy Manjari of Deba Durlabha Dasa and the Rukmini Bibha of Kartika Dasa were written. A new form of metrical epic-poems (called Chhanda-Kabya) evolved during the beginning of the 17th century when Ramachandra Pattanayaka wrote Haravali. Upendra Bhanja
Upendra Bhanja
took a leading role in this period- his creations Baidehisha Bilasa, Koti Brahmanda Sundari, Labanyabati were landmarks in Odia Literature. Dinakrushna Dasa’s Rasokallola and Abhimanyu Samanta Singhara’s Bidagdha Chintamani are prominent Kavyas of this time. Four major poets emerged in the end of the era are Baladeba Rath, Bhima Bhoi, Brajanath Badajena and Gopala Krushna Pattanaik. Modern Odia (1850 till present day): The first Odia printing typeset was cast in 1836 by the Christian missionaries which made a great revolution in Odia literature
Odia literature
and language.

Eastern Hemisphere in the year 200.

of 8th Century and its affinity with Odia language[edit] The beginnings of Odia poetry coincide with the development of charya sahitya, the literature started by Vajrayana
Buddhist poets such as in the Charyapada. This literature was written in a specific metaphor called twilight language and prominent poets included Luipa, Tilopa and Kanha. Quite importantly, the Ragas that have mentioned for singing the Charyapadas are found abundantly in latter Odia literature. Poet Jayadeva's literary contribution[edit] Jayadeva
was a Sanskrit
poet. He was born in an Utkala Brahmin family of Puri
in circa 1200 AD. He is most known for his composition, the epic poem Gita Govinda, which depicts the divine love of the Hindu deity Krishna and his consort, Radha, and is considered an important text in the Bhakti movement of Hinduism. About the end of the 13th century and the beginning of the 14th, the influence of Jayadeva's literary contribution changed the pattern of versification in Odia.[citation needed] John Beames, a British author and civil servant in British India
who stayed for a considerable time in Odisha
and worked for the survival of Odia language
Odia language

At a period when Odia was already a fixed and settled language, Bengali did not exist. The Bengalis spoke a vast variety of corrupt forms of Eastern Hindi. It is not till quite recent times that we find anything that can with propriety be called a Bengali language.[34] Dialects have bit of variety from the literary language, and bengal circulated in a vast region so that it have some varieties, called dialects.[35] Odia circulated in a small region and less no of speaker that's why variety is very less, rather it have a similarity to bengali language. We may place the Hindi
with its subsidiary forms Gujurati and Punjabi first fixing their rise and establishment as a modern languages distinct from their previous existence as Prakrit till the 12th or 13th century. Odia must have quite completed its transformation by the end of the 14th century. Bengali was no separate independent language but a maze of dialects without a distinct national or provincial type till the 17th or beginning of the 18th century. It was not till the gradual decay of the central Mohammedan power of Delhi enabled the provincial governors to assume an independent position that Bengali severed itself from Hindi
and assumed characteristics which now vindicate for its right to be called a separate language.[36]

Phonology[edit] Main article: Odia phonology

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Pronunciation of Odia alphabet.

Odia has twenty-eight consonant phonemes, two semivowel phonemes and six vowel phonemes.

Odia vowel phonemes[citation needed]

Front Back

High i u

Mid e o

Low a ɔ

All vowels except /o/ also have nasal counterparts, but these are not always contrastive. Final vowels are standard and pronounced, e.g. Odia [pʰulɔ] contra Bengali [pʰul] "flower".[37]

Odia consonant phonemes[citation needed]

Bilabial Alveolar /Dental Retroflex Palatal Velar Glottal

Nasal m n ɳ


Stop/ Affricate voiceless p t̪ ʈ tʃ k

voiceless aspirated pʰ t̪ʰ ʈʰ tʃʰ kʰ

voiced b d̪ ɖ dʒ ɡ

voiced aspirated bʱ d̪ʱ ɖʱ dʒʱ ɡʱ





ɾ ɺ̢[38]

Lateral approximant


The velar nasal [ŋ] is given phonemic status in some[which?] analyses. Nasals assimilate for place in nasal–stop clusters. /ɖ ɖʱ/ have the flap allophones [ɽ ɽʱ] in intervocalic position and in final position (but not at morpheme boundaries). Stops are sometimes deaspirated between /s/ and a vowel or an open syllable /s/+vowel and a vowel. Some speakers distinguish between single and geminate consonants.[39] Morphology[edit] Main article: Odia morphology Unlike Hindi, Odia retains most of the cases of Sanskrit, though the nominative and vocative have merged (both without a separate marker), as have the accusative and dative. There are three genders (masculine, feminine and neuter) and two grammatical numbers (singular and plural). There are three true tenses (present, past and future), others being formed with auxiliaries. Writing system[edit] Main articles: Odia alphabet
Odia alphabet
and Odia braille Literature[edit] Main article: Odia literature The earliest literature in Odia language
Odia language
can be traced to the Charyapadas composed in the 7th to 9th centuries.[40] Before Sarala Das, the most important works in Odia literature
Odia literature
are the Shishu Veda, Saptanga, Amara Kosha, Rudrasudhanidhi, Kesaba Koili, Kalasha Chautisha etc.[29][30][31] In the 14th century, the poet Sarala Dasa's wrote the Sarala Mahabharata, Chandi Purana, and Vilanka Ramayana, in praise of the goddess Durga. Rama-bibaha, written by Arjuna Dasa, was the first long poem written in the Odia language. The following era is termed the Panchasakha Age and stretches until the year 1700. The period begins with the writings of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu whose Vaishnava influence brought in a new evolution in Odia literature. Notable religious works of the Panchasakha Age include those of Balarama Dasa, Jagannatha Dasa, Yasovanta, Ananta and Acyutananda. The authors of this period mainly translated, adapted, or imitated Sanskrit
literature. Other prominent works of the period include the Usabhilasa of Sisu Sankara Dasa, the Rahasya-manjari of Deva-durlabha Dasa and the Rukmini-bibha of Kartikka Dasa. A new form of novels in verse evolved during the beginning of the 17th century when Ramachandra Pattanayaka wrote Haravali. Other poets like Madhusudana, Bhima Bhoi, Dhivara, Sadasiva
and Sisu Isvara-dasa composed another form called kavyas (long poems) based on themes from Puranas, with an emphasis on plain, simple language. However, during the Bhanja Age (also known as the Age of Riti Yuga) beginning with turn of the 18th century, verbally tricky Odia became the order of the day. Verbal jugglery, obscenity and eroticism characterise the period between 1700 and 1850, particularly in the works of the era's eponymous poet Upendra Bhanja
Upendra Bhanja
(1670–1720). Bhanja's work inspired many imitators of which the most notable is Arakshita Das. Family chronicles in prose relating religious festivals and rituals are also characteristic of the period. The first Odia printing typeset was cast in 1836 by Christian missionaries. Although the handwritten Odia script of the time closely resembled the Bengali and Assamese scripts, the one adopted for the printed typesets was significantly different, leaning more towards the Tamil script
Tamil script
and Telugu script. Amos Sutton produced an Oriya Bible (1840), Oriya Dictionary (1841–43) and[41] An Introductory Grammar of Oriya (1844).[42] Odia has a rich literary heritage dating back to the thirteenth century. Sarala Dasa
Sarala Dasa
who lived in the fourteenth century is known as the Vyasa
of Odisha. He translated the Mahabharata
into Odia. In fact, the language was initially standardised through a process of translating classical Sanskrit
texts such as the Mahabharata, Ramayana and Srimad Bhagabatam. The translation of the Srimad Bhagabatam by Jagannatha Das was particularly influential on the written form of the language. Odia has had a strong tradition of poetry, especially devotional poetry. Other eminent Odia poets include Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja
Upendra Bhanja
and Kabisurya Baladev Ratha. Prose in the language has had a late development. Three great poets and prose writers, Kabibar Radhanath Ray (1849–1908), Fakir Mohan Senapati
Fakir Mohan Senapati
(1843–1918) and Madhusudan Rao (1853–1912) made Odia their own. They brought in a modern outlook and spirit into Odia literature. Around the same time the modern drama took birth in the works of Rama Sankara Ray beginning with Kanci-Kaveri (1880). Among the contemporaries of Fakir Mohan, four novelists deserve special mention: Aparna Panda, Mrutyunjay Rath, Ram Chandra Acharya and Brajabandhu Mishra. Aparna Panda's Kalavati and Brajabandhu Mishra's Basanta Malati were both published in 1902, the year in which Chha Mana Atha Guntha came out in the book form. Brajabandhu Mishra's Basanta Malati, which came out from Bamanda, depicts the conflict between a poor but highly educated young man and a wealthy and highly egoistic young woman whose conjugal life is seriously affected by ego clashes. Through a story of union, separation and reunion, the novelist delineates the psychological state of a young woman in separation from her husband and examines the significance of marriage as a social institution in traditional Indian society. Ram Chandra Acharya wrote about seven novels during 1924-1936. Interestingly all his novels are historical romances based on the historical events in Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Odisha. Mrutyunjay Rath's novel, Adbhuta Parinama, published in 1915, centres round a young Hindu who gets converted to Christianity to marry a Christian girl. One of the great writers in the 19th century was Pandit Krushna Chandra Kar (1907-1995) from Cuttack, who wrote many books for children like Pari Raija, Kuhuka Raija, Panchatantra, Adi Jugara Galpa Mala, etc. He was last felicitated by the Sahitya Academy in the year 1971-72 for his contributions to Odia literature, development of children's fiction, and biographies. One of the prominent writers of the 19th and 20th centuries was Muralidhar Mallick (1927–2002). His contribution to Historical novels is beyond words. He was last felicitated by the Sahitya Academy in the year 1998 for his contributions to Odia literature. His son Khagendranath Mallick (born 1951) is also a well-known writer. His contribution towards poetry, criticism, essays, story and novels is commendable. He was the former President of Utkal Kala Parishad and also former President of Odisha
Geeti Kabi Samaj. Presently he is a member of the Executive Committee of Utkal Sahitya Samaj. Another illustrious writer of the 20th century was Mr. Chintamani Das. A noted academician, he was written more than 40 books including fiction, short stories, biographies and storybooks for children. Born in 1903 in Sriramachandrapur village under Satyabadi block, Chintamani Das is the only writer who has written biographies on all the five 'Pancha Sakhas' of Satyabadi namely Pandit Gopabandhu Das, Acharya Harihara, Nilakantha Das, Krupasindhu Mishra and Pandit Godabarisha. Having served as the Head of the Odia department of Khallikote College, Berhampur, Chintamani Das was felicitated with the Sahitya Akademi Samman in 1970 for his outstanding contribution to Odia literature
Odia literature
in general and Satyabadi Yuga literature in particular. Some of his well-known literary creations are 'Bhala Manisha Hua', 'Manishi Nilakantha', 'Kabi Godabarisha', 'Byasakabi Fakiramohan', 'Usha', 'Barabati'. 20th century writers in Odia include Pallikabi Nanda Kishore Bal (1875–1928), Gangadhar Meher
Gangadhar Meher
(1862–1924), Chintamani Mahanti and Kuntala-Kumari Sabat Utkala-Bharati, besides Niladri Dasa and Gopabandhu Das
Gopabandhu Das
(1877–1928). The most notable novelists were Umesa Sarakara, Divyasimha Panigrahi, Gopala Praharaja and Kalindi Charan Panigrahi. Sachi Kanta Rauta Ray is the great introducer of the ultra-modern style in modern Odia poetry. Others who took up this form were Godabarisha Mohapatra, Mayadhara Manasimha, Nityananda Mahapatra and Kunjabihari Dasa. Prabhasa Chandra Satpathi is known for his translations of some western classics apart from Udayanatha Shadangi, Sunanda Kara and Surendranatha Dwivedi. Criticism, essays and history also became major lines of writing in the Odia language. Esteemed writers in this field were Professor Girija Shankar Ray, Pandit Vinayaka Misra, Professor Gauri Kumara Brahma, Jagabandhu Simha and Harekrushna Mahatab. Odia literature
Odia literature
mirrors the industrious, peaceful and artistic image of the Odia people
Odia people
who have offered and gifted much to the Indian civilization in the field of art and literature. Now Writers Manoj Das's creations motivated and inspired people towards a positive lifestyle .Distinguished prose writers of the modern period include Fakir Mohan Senapati, Madhusudan Das, Godabarisha Mohapatra, Kalindi Charan Panigrahi, Surendra Mohanty, Manoj Das, Kishori Charan Das, Gopinath Mohanty, Rabi Patnaik, Chandrasekhar Rath, Binapani Mohanty, Bhikari Rath, Jagadish Mohanty, Sarojini Sahoo, Yashodhara Mishra, Ramchandra Behera, Padmaja Pal. But it is poetry that makes modern Odia literature
Odia literature
a force to reckon with. Poets like Kabibar Radhanath Ray, Sachidananda Routray, Guruprasad Mohanty, Soubhagya Misra, Ramakanta Rath, Sitakanta Mohapatra, Rajendra Kishore Panda, Pratibha Satpathy have made significant contributions towards Indian poetry. Anita Desai's novella, Translator Translated, from her collection The Art of Disappearance, features a translator of a fictive Odian short story writer; the novella contains a discussion of the perils of translating works composed in regional Indian languages into English. Four writers in Odia - Gopinath Mohanty, Sachidananda Routray, Sitakant Mahapatra
Sitakant Mahapatra
and Pratibha Ray
Pratibha Ray
- have been awarded the Jnanpith, a prestigious Indian literary award. Language sample[edit] The first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
in Odia:

ସବୁ ମନୁଷ୍ଯ ଜନ୍ମକାଳରୁ ସ୍ୱାଧୀନ । ସେମାନଙ୍କର ମର୍ଯ୍ୟାଦା ଓ ଅଧିକାର ସମାନ । ସେମାନଙ୍କର ପ୍ରଜ୍ଞା ଓ ବିବେକ ନିହିତ ଅଛି । ସେମାନେ ପରସ୍ପର ପ୍ରତି ଭାତୃଭାବ ପୋଷଣ କରି କାର୍ଯ୍ୟ କରିବା ଦରକାର ।

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

See also[edit]

Languages of India Languages with official status in India List of Indian languages by total speakers Brahmic family of scripts Kalahandia Language Laxmi Puran Madala Panji Sambalpuri Language


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Further reading[edit]

Tripathi, Kunjabihari (1962). The Evolution of Oriya Language and Script (PDF). Cuttack: Utkal University. Archived from the original on 2013-05-10. CS1 maint: Unfit url (link) Masica, Colin (1991). The Indo-Aryan Languages. Cambridge Language Surveys. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-29944-2.  Neukom, Lukas; Patnaik, Manideepa (2003). A Grammar of Oriya. Arbeiten des Seminars für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft der Universität Zürich. Zurich: University of Zurich. ISBN 9783952101094.  Ray, Tapas S. (2003). "Oriya". In Cardona, George; Jain, Dhanesh. The Indo-Aryan Languages. Routledge. pp. 485–522. ISBN 978-0-7007-1130-7.  Rabindra Nath Pati, Jagannatha Dash (2002). Tribal and Indigenous People of India: Problems and Prospects. India: APH PUBLISHING CORPORATION. pp. 51–59. ISBN 81-7648-322-2. CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link) Ghosh, A. (2003). An ethnolinguistic profile of Eastern India: a case of South Orissa. Burdwan: Dept. of Bengali (D.S.A.), University of Burdwan. Mohanty, Prasanna Kumar (2007). The History of: History of Oriya Literature (Oriya Sahityara Adya Aitihasika Gana). "Oriya Language and Literature" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-11-29. 

External links[edit]

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Languages of India

Official languages


Hindi English

8th schedule to the Constitution of India

Assamese Bengali Bodo Dogri Gujarati Hindi Kannada Kashmiri Konkani Maithili Malayalam Meitei (Manipuri) Marathi Nepali Odia Punjabi Sanskrit Sindhi Santali Tamil Telugu Urdu

State-level only

Garo Gurung Khasi Kokborok Lepcha Limbu Mangar Mizo Newari Rai Sherpa Sikkimese Sunwar Tamang

Major unofficial languages

Over 1 million speakers

Angika Awadhi Bagheli Bagri Bajjika Bhili Bhojpuri Bundeli Chhattisgarhi Dhundhari Garhwali Gondi Harauti Haryanvi Ho Kangri Khandeshi Khortha Kumaoni Kurukh Lambadi Magahi Malvi Marwari Mewari Mundari Nimadi Rajasthani Sadri Surjapuri Tulu Wagdi Varhadi

100,000 – 1 million speakers

Adi Angami Ao Dimasa Halbi Karbi Kharia Kodava Kolami Konyak Korku Koya Kui Kuvi Ladakhi Lotha Malto Mishing Nishi Phom Rabha Sema Sora Tangkhul Thadou

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Modern Indo-Aryan languages


Dameli Domaaki Gawar-Bati Indus Kohistani Kalami Kalash Kashmiri Khowar Kundal Shahi Mankiyali Nangalami Palula Pashayi Sawi Shina Shumashti Torwali Ushoji



Doteli Jumli Nepali Palpa


Garhwali Kumaoni


Dogri Kangri Mandeali

North- western





Hindko Khetrani Pahari-Pothwari Saraiki


Jadgali Kutchi Luwati Memoni Sindhi



Aer Gujarati Jandavra Koli Lisan ud-Dawat Parkari Koli Saurashtra Vaghri


Bhili Gamit Kalto Vasavi


Bagri Goaria Gujari Jaipuri Malvi Marwari Mewari Dhatki


Domari Khandeshi Romani

list of languages



Braj Bhasha Bundeli Haryanvi Hindustani


Bombay Hindi


Dakhini Hyderabadi Urdu Rekhta

Khariboli Kannauji Sansi Sadhukadi


Awadhi Bagheli Chhattisgarhi Fiji


Danwar Parya



Angika Bajjika Bhojpuri Caribbean Hindustani Kurmali Magahi Maithili Majhi Musasa Sadri

Bengali– Assamese

Assamese Bengali


Bishnupriya Manipuri Chakma Chittagonian Goalpariya Hajong Kamrupi Kharia Thar Kurmukar Rangpuri Rohingya Surjapuri Sylheti Tanchangya


Odia Kosli Bodo Parja Kupia Reli


Halbi Bhatri Kamar Mirgan Nahari


Mal Paharia



Konkani Kukna Marathi others..


Maldivian Sinhalese


Chinali Sheikhgal

Pidgins/ creoles

Andaman Creole Hindi Haflong Hindi Nagamese Nefamese Vedda

See also: Old and Middle Indo-Aryan; Indo-Iranian languages; Nuristani languages; Iranian languages

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State of Odisha

Capital: Bhubaneswar


Governors Chief Ministers Legislative Assembly Political parties High Court Police


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Kewda Rooh Gopalpur Tussar Fabrics Habaspuri Saree & Fabrics Khandua Konark Stone Carving Kotpad Handloom fabrics Orissa Ikat Pattachitra Pipili applique work Sambalpuri saree

Districts and divisions

Northern Division

Angul Balangir Bargarh Deogarh Dhenkanal Jharsuguda Kendujhar Sambalpur Subarnapur Sundargarh

Central Division

Balasore Bhadrak Cuttack Jagatsinghpur Jajpur Kendrapada Khordha Mayurbhanj Nayagarh Puri

Southern Division

Boudh Gajapati Ganjam Kalahandi Kandhamal Koraput Malkangiri Nabrangpur Nuapada Rayagada


Angul Balasore Barbil Bargarh Baripada Bhadrak Bhubaneswar Berhampur Cuttack Dhenkanal Jajpur Jharsuguda Puri Rourkela Sambalpur


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