Kosli dialect and research centre in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Thursday announced to set up a Kosli dialect and literature research centre at Ghens village in Bargarh district which will be named after Padma Sri Haladhar Nag.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced this here while felicitating Padma Shri awardee Haldhar Nag here. Ghens village in Baragarh district is the birthplace of the Kosli poet Nag. Patnaik lauded his contribution towards the development of Kosli literature.

The Chief Minister presented a shawl, a silver filigree work, and a flower bouquet to Nag and wished him a bright future.

Nag was awarded Padma Shri by President Pranab Mukherjee recently at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

The poet is a class III dropout and has carved a niche for himself in the literary field. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) had filmed a documentary on his life and works earlier.

Though Nag started his literary activities by writing Lokgeet, Samparda, and Krushnaguru in the Kosli literature, he later went on to writing poetry in Kosli dialect.