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Sun 11 Sep 2022

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (UTC+5.5)

An Introduction to Odia Literature

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.


Prateek Pattanaik

Independent Researcher & Odissi Musician

Prateek Pattanaik is an independent researcher and Odissi musician. He is currently pursuing his Master's in Physics under Siksha 'O' Anusandhan (Deemed-to-be University), Bhubaneswar, Odisha. He writes and delivers talks on the culture of Odisha, with a special focus on the Jagannatha temple tradition and traditional musico-literature. For his research and documentation of rare art forms of Odisha and his specialised efforts in preserving ancient Odissi compositions by veteran Gurus, he has received appreciation from various quarters, including the Chief Minister of Odisha. He has collaborated with several leading authorities in the sphere of culture. A practising classical musician, he is a disciple of Pt Guru Ramarao Patra and is currently continuing his higher training in Odissi vocal music as well as the Odissi Bina in the shishya-parampara of the early 20th-century Maestro Acharya Tarini Charan Patra.


Megh Kalyanasundaram

Host, Director – Special Projects

Megh Kalyanasundaram is an Indian citizen, an alumnus of ISB, with close to nine years of lived experience in China. His experience includes stints as a Market Leader at a Global Fortune 40 firm, as Head of Business Development at a leading Indian talent development multinational and a term on the Board of a Shanghai-based not-for-profit. His academic research interests and 20+ papers span aspects of ancient Indian chronology, Indian Knowledge Systems, Landscape in Indic texts, Ancient Indian Jurisprudence, Ideas of India and Philosophy. His research-based compositional Sanskrit album Bhārata and her Kāśmīra has been recognised and listed by the Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts (IGNCA). In 2022, he was invited by the National Museum Institute (NMI) to present the research that underpinned his album in a seminar organised by NMI to generate content for a new museum coming up related to Jammu and Kashmir.