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Oriya is the official language of the Indian state of Orissa.

The Oriya script, which like all Nagari writing systems is strictly speaking an abugida rather than an alphabet, is used to write the Oriya language and somewhat resembles Devanagari and Bengali scripts. Its numerical digits are somewhat different from their Devanagari counterparts.

Spoken in: India
Region: India
Total speakers: (1996) 31,000,000
Ranking: 32 (1996)


Official status
Official language of: India
Language codes
ISO 639-1
ISO 639-2

Oriya in Unicode

The Unicode range for Oriya is U+0B01 ... U+0B71.

    0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F
B30   ି

See also

External links

Visit www.odia.org to download a phonetic Oriya Translitation Editor. This is ITRANS compartable.

  • www.odia.org [1] (http://www.odia.org)

  Results from FactBites:
Oriya language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (224 words)
Oriya is an Indo-Aryan language and is thought to be directly descended from the Prakrit known as Magadhi or Pali which was spoken in Eastern India over 1,500 years ago.
Of all the languages spoken in northern India, Oriya appears to be least influenced by Persian and Arabic.
Oriya has traditionally had a strong Buddhist and Jain influence.
Oriya Diaspora: (3839 words)
The Oriyas, settled abroad, migrated from the state of Orissa, which is bounded by the Bay of Bengal in the east, West Bengal and Bihar in the north, Madhya Pradesh in the west and Andhra Pradesh in the south (Rath 1983: 1-2).
The Oriyas are not only successful in maintaining close contacts with the families and relatives back home but also are very much successful in maintaining the transnational networks with their kith and kin around the globe.
Chandrika Mohapatra for instance, the Oriya lady in the USA is now trying to create a newsletter keeping in view the gap between the realities and perceptions of life in the western countries and in Orissa.
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