The School of Comparative Tribal Languages and Literatures (SCTLL), KISS-DU observed Classical Odia Language Day (Shastriya Odia Bhasha Diwas) on 11th March 2024. The event commenced with the inaugural address by Dr. Rasmita Tripathy, Associate Professor and Dean of the School. Dr. Tripathy emphasized the importance of preserving and promoting the classical Odia language and its rich literary heritage. She highlighted the significance of celebrating such occasions to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of Odia culture and literature among students and scholars.

Following the inaugural address, Dr. Nibedita Mohanty, Associate Professor, SCTLL delivered the keynote speech. Dr. Mohanty shed light on the historical and cultural significance of the Odia language, tracing its evolution and contributions to literature and art. She encouraged the audience to actively engage in activities aimed at preserving and promoting the classical Odia language in both academic and cultural spheres.

After the speeches, students present at the event had the opportunity to interact with the teachers and speakers. This interactive session provided a platform for students to ask questions, share their thoughts, and engage in discussions regarding the Odia language, its importance, and ways to promote it effectively. The exchange of ideas between students and educators enriched the learning experience and fostered a sense of community among participants.

Dr. Lusi Priyadarshini Nayak, Assistant Professor and Head of the Odia Programme, SCTLL extended the vote of thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the event. She expressed gratitude to the speakers, students, and attendees for their active participation and valuable insights. Dr. Nayak also acknowledged the efforts of the organizing committee in planning and executing the event seamlessly.

The Observance of Classical Odia Language Day at KISS DU served as a platform for fostering awareness and appreciation of the rich cultural heritage embedded in the Odia language. Through engaging speeches, interactive sessions, and collaborative discussions, the event contributed to the promotion and preservation of classical Odia language and literature among the academic community. It underscored the importance of nurturing linguistic diversity and heritage in the pursuit of cultural enrichment and social cohesion.