Library for love of Odia

Love for mother language has inspired literature lovers to set up an Odia library on the premises of Institute for Odia Studies and Research at Saheed Nagar.

By ANWESHA AMBALY in Bhubaneshwar
  • Published 26.02.16
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A student at the library of Institute for Odia Studies and Research in Bhubaneswar on Thursday. Picture by Sanjib Mukherjee

Bhubaneswar, Feb. 25: Love for mother language has inspired literature lovers to set up an Odia library on the premises of Institute for Odia Studies and Research at Saheed Nagar.

The library, which education minister Debi Prasad Mishra inaugurated yesterday, houses around 400 books and has a large number of content in the language in digital format.

In 2011, scholars and litterateurs such as Debi Prasanna Pattanayak, Natabar Satpathy, Panchanan Kanungo and Abasar Beuria formed the institute to promote and conserve Odia language.

"The library aims to cater to the needs of research scholars, educators, linguists and litterateurs. We have put up various sections in the library to ensure easy access for the readers," said member secretary of the institute Subrat Kumar Prusty.

In one section, there are around 600 articles and journals published in Odia language across the world. There is also a dedicated section for Odia vocabulary, where dictionaries and research materials have been stacked.

"We have a special segment where documents related to the entire process of receiving the classical tag is available. A copy of the detailed report that was sent to the Centre while applying for the tag is also there. This apart, the entire coverage of the process in various newspapers and magazines has also been documented," said Prusty.

Books written in the tribal languages are also an important part of the library. While most of the books and materials at the library are donated, some are purchased and collected from various sources.

The institute worked with the state government to obtain classical tag for the language.

Apart from providing language training, it also undertakes research in the field of Odia literature, cultural heritage and maritime history apart from integrating the Odia language in all spheres of administration, justice delivery system and in other public utility domain. At present, they are working on accelerating the process of setting up a centre for excellence for the study of the language.

"We will work towards providing them with suggestions on various areas such as linguistics and grammar as well as use of technology in developing the language - that need to be focused on," said Prusty.