Odia (formerly known as Oriya) is an Indian language, belonging to the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European language family.
There are about 40 million Odia speakers, mainly in the Indian state of Odisha.
More than 90 percent of the people live in villages and engage in farming (mainly rice and millet); palms and betel palms are also cultivated.
The Oriya are skillful jewelers and stone carvers, and few engage in industrial work. The Oriya temples in Bhubaneswar, Puri, and Konarak are among the finest examples of Indian of the main languages of India, spoken in Orissa State (eastern India) by 19.7 million people (1971 census).
This article discusses the Oriya Language Movement, which was active between 18 in the Indian state of Orissa in the context of the colonial controversy over language policy between Orientalists, who claimed that vernacular languages were best for this purpose,and Anglicists, who favoured English.Phonologically, Oriya is opposed to the majority of its related languages by its retention of final short vowels.Morphologically it reflects a transition from inflectional to agglutinative structure.(Caveat: Don’t use photos of you with your kids or of them alone, for their safety.You never know.) Searching for matches is super simple.