Bhubaneswar is set to host the inaugural “World Odia Language Conference” from February 3rd to 5th, 2024. The decision to organize this three-day conference was made during the Heritage Cabinet meeting on December 19th of the previous year.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has instructed all relevant departments to collaborate with the Department of Odia Language, Literature, and Culture to ensure the conference’s success. This event aims to showcase the identity of Odisha and initiate extensive discussions on promoting the classical Odia language. In the current dynamic and technologically advanced era, the conference is expected to engage and attract the youth towards embracing the Odia language.
The conference will feature in-depth discussions on the historical and future significance of the Odia language, including logical and mystical interpretations. Notably, Odia linguists residing abroad will actively participate in discussions regarding the antiquity and continuity of the Odia language. Abstract discussions will cover the language’s origin, evolution, and popularity, with experts presenting data-based insights into its past, present, and future aspects over the three days.
The event is open to students, teachers, intellectuals, and individuals from diverse backgrounds. A seminar focusing on innovative approaches to learning the Odia language will also be conducted. This conference is expected to serve as a beacon of enlightenment for Odia-speaking communities worldwide.