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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (UTC+5.5)
The INDICA Center for Bharatiya Languages (CBL) presents a conversation with musician and researcher Prateek Pattnaik on the 11th of September 2022 at 1900 hrs. This conversation, in English, intends to serve as an introduction to some facets of Odia literature. Odia, as some might know, is one of the six languages indigenous to India recognised by the Government of India as a ‘Classical’ language, a status it was accorded on the 11th of March 2014. As per this press release found on the Press Information Bureau website (https://pib.gov.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=103014), the criteria to determine the declaration of a language as a Classical language have been: i) High antiquity of its early texts/recorded history over a period of 1500-2000 years; (ii) A body of ancient literature/texts, which is considered a valuable heritage by generations of speakers; (iii) The literary tradition be original and not borrowed from another speech community; (iv) The classical language and literature being distinct from modern, there may also be a discontinuity between the classical language and its later forms or its offshoots.