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Oriya Language and Its Various Dialects The beautiful state of Orissa has a distinctive culture, food and

language. Oriya language is the mother tongue of people hailing from the state of Orissa. This language belongs to the Indo-Aryan branch of Indo-European language group. Apart from Orissa, Oriya is spoken in the neighboring states of Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar. Midnapore district in West Bengal have good number of population speaking Oriya. The districts of Singhbhum and Seraikela Kharsawan in Jharkhand also have people speaking in Orissa. Even in some parts of Andhra Pradesh, mostly in the districts of Vizianagaram, Srikakulam and Vishakhapatnam, there is Oriya speaking people. Due to professional reasons, many people from Orissa are moving to different Indian cities. The Oriya speaking population is found in considerable numbers in Hyderabad, Bangalore,Vishakhapatnam, Pondicherry, Chennai, Baroda, Jamshedpur, Ahmedabad, Kharagpur, Kolkata, New Delhi, Shillong, Guwahati, Pune, Mumbai, and Raipur. Apart from the Indian cities, Oriya speaking people are also found in countries like Indonesia, Bangladesh, Canada, England, Australia, UAE and United States. Whichever country or city, people from this state reside, they have faith in their Oriya Matrimony customs and traditions. History of Oriya Language: 1. Old Oriya (From 7th century-1200)- The origin of the language is known as Charyapada. These are nothing but Buddhist Siddhas
2. Early Middle Oriya (12001400)-This period has prose work known as the Palm-leaf

Chronicles. 3. Middle Oriya (14001700) - Notable Sanskrit work was written in Oriya language. Prominent writers and poets are Sarala Das, Achyutananda Das, Jagannath Das, Balaram Das, Ananta Das and Jasobanta Das 4. Late Middle Oriya (17001850)- Notable writer during this period is Upendra Bhanja, whoc main works are Koti Brahmanda Sundari, Baidehisha Bilasa and the very famous Lavanyabati. Another famous writer during this period is Dinakrushna Das. Poets during this period are Brajanath Badajena, Baladeb Rath and Gopal Krushna Pattanaik. 5. Modern Oriya (1850 till present day) - First printing typeset was set in 1836. Oriya Language and its Dialects: Oriya language has many dialects and versions. What is commonly spoken is Mughalbandi Oriya, which is considered standard version of Oriya language. This version is used in literary writings of the state. This is commonly used in Cuttack, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Khurdha, Kendrapada, Angul, Dhenkanal, Anandapur and Nayagarh districts of Orissa.

The major dialects of Oriya language are Midnapori Oriya, Singhbhumi Oriya, Baleswari Oriya, Bhatri and Ganjami Oriya. Baleswari Oriya is commonly used in Bhadrak, Mayurbhanj and Baleswar districts of Orissa. The Ganjami Oriya dialect is common in Gajapati and Ganjam districts in Orissa. There is also Desiya Oriya which is commonly spoken in Rayagada, Koraput, Malkangiri and Nowrangpur districts in the state. The districts of Vishakhapatnam and Vizianagaram of Andhra Pradesh also have population speaking Desiya Oriya. Apart from these, there is Sambalpuri Oriya. This dialect is common the districts of Bolangir, Debagarh, Bargarh, Boudh, Kalahandi, Jharsuguda, Nuapada, Subarnapur , Sundargarh and Sambalpur. The local dialect influence is seen in the Oriya Matrimonial customs and traditions. Wedding songs are sung during the rituals in the local dialect. Shipra writes on behalf of Jeevansathi.com, which is among the fastest growing Matrimonial Sites of India. Jeevansathi.com helps the users to search bridegroom from their respective community like Hindi Matrimony with their online matrimonial and match making services.