Mrunal Manmay Dash

For the first time, a Biswa Odia Bhasha Sammilani (World Odia Language Conference) was inaugurated in Bhubaneswar on Saturday. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the three-day conference at Janata Maidan in the city.

Over 10,000 people, including linguists, scholars, researchers and students, are likely to take part in the event which will deliberate on the past, present and future of Odia language.

CM Naveen inaugurated the conference by extending his respects to Adikavi Sarala Das. He also paid his respects to all the Odia writers and poets who have contributed to the enrichment of Odia language.

Speaking at the event, Patnaik said, “All of Odisha has united today for its language. Even the Odias residing in foreign countries too have joined the conference through online mode. I welcome all of them to the conference.”

“Odia is a classical language. It has a very rich history. Newer words are getting added in its vocabulary every day. We should discuss about our linguistic heritage, about good literature and about its more and more usage. We should know our past, see the present and create new path for the future. Language is future. Odia language University has been opened for the study of Odia language,” he said.

“I urge all to join hands to work for the betterment of Odia language. My government will adopt whatever resolution is passed in this conference and implement a strong language policy. I have a strong believe that Odia language has a prosperous future,” he added.

Apart from linguists, students from across the state are expected to take part in the conference. In the three days, special focus will be given to how the youths can be encouraged toward the use of the Odia language.

The government hopes the conference will help spread the Odia language in the country and abroad as well.

Before inaugurating the conference, the Chief Minister went to the Bhubaneswar Kalamandal where he dedicated Aksharbhumi to the public.