Archive for September, 2011

Brahmacharini Bhesh of Maa Samaleswari: A foto from the Sambad


September 30, 2011 at 5:54 pm Leave a comment

Badminton players make Balangir proud

Following report is from the Telegraph:

Balangir, Sept. 29: Balangir is emerging as a power-centre in the state badminton scene with players from here regularly making it to national-level tournaments.

Two young shuttlers from Balangir have qualified to play in national-level tournaments after they won the doubles title for men (under-19) at the state badminton championship organised by Orissa Badminton Association at Cuttack recently.

This follows Balangir’s phenomenal success last year in the state badminton championship at Talcher where two boys — Abhimanyu Bagarty, 12, son of a rickshaw-puller, and Surendra Nepal, 14, son of a daily labourer — emerged champion at the mini (under-13) and sub-junior level respectively and qualified to play at national level.

The reigning champion duo, Akash Nanda, and Abhishek Babu, both 18, are at present playing in an east zone tournament in Patna.

Secretary of District Badminton Association (DBA) of Balangir Suru Matari said they encourage young boys, especially those coming from the lower strata of the society. “We know that Balangir has potential in the field of sports and we look for hidden talents. Apart from providing free coaching, we provide help such as playing equipment, track suit and shoes to them. We are very happy that our efforts have paid off well as the two boys have made us proud by emerging champion and qualifying to play at the national level,” Matari said.

DBA treasurer Shankarlal Barai, who accompanied the players at the state meet, was very happy with the success of the players.

“At least seven of our players performed beyond our expectations. In fact, the champion duo, Akash and Abhisek, defeated another pair from Balangir, Akram Khan and Debapriya Negi, in the final. They had entered the final by defeating yet another pair from Balangir — Chandan Mishra and Surendra Nepal. Chandan Mishra also reached the semi-final in the singles (under-19). It’s an all-Balangir show at the state meet. The Balangir boys have been doing extremely well at the state meets and national level tournaments on a regular basis,” Barai said.

Ghanashyam Mishra, who coached the boys, said both Akash and Abhisek were very talented. “Winning titles in this tournament ensures a chance to play in the national level. I am really excited by the performance of players from Balangir who have done so well despite all odds. A small sponsorship would help them to improve their game in the future,” he said.

September 30, 2011 at 4:57 pm Leave a comment

Maternal mortality in Khariar, Nuapada

September 29, 2011 at 5:55 pm Leave a comment

Kosli language: Some thoughts and technicalities by Dr. Nilakantha Rath

Following letters were sent to me by Dr. Nilakantha Rath:

Kosli language: Some thoughts and technicalities Part-1

Kosli language: Some thoughts and technicalities Part-2

NOTE: This is a conversation between Mr. Saket Sahu and Dr. Nilakantha Rath. This is nice that people are discussing about Kosli language in a very intelligent way. I hope such discussions will continue.

September 29, 2011 at 12:31 pm Leave a comment

A nice collection of Kosli language books

Following picture is taken from the Face book page of BENI:


September 28, 2011 at 4:52 pm Leave a comment

BENI media group popularizing Kosli language magazine and news paper

Following was posted in the face book page of BENI:

September 27, 2011 at 5:36 pm Leave a comment

Chandra Sekhar Behera Zilla School, Sambalpur

Following is an old picture of  CSB Zilla School. This picture is taken from

September 25, 2011 at 7:43 am 1 comment

Open Letter to PM: Kosli Language should be in 8th schedule

Following report is from

IN THE past few years the central government has included different Indian languages in the 8th schedule of the Indian constitution by the recommendation of various committees.  It shows prudence on the part of the Indian government in being flexible in recognizing the complexity of linguistic diversity in India. In 2003, the 93rd Constitutional Amendment was passed which enabled the government to have a fresh look at the possibility of inclusion of other Indian languages in the 8th schedule. Consequently, four languages, viz. Bodo, Dogri, Santhali and Maithili were judged to be included in the 8th schedule. We the people of Western Odisha were hoping that Kosli be included as well because our situation is identical to that of Maithili as it is explained in the following sections of this memo.

Therefore, we humbly request you to examine our request by the same yardstick used to include the four recent languages in the 8th schedule of the Indian Constitution. It is said that the right of a mother tongue is a basic cultural right of the people which link them with their economy, socio-cultural system and political right. UNESCO has recognized that the concept of language equality among all languages is important irrespective of whether the languages have a script or not. Furthermore, the Indian government is promoting the mother tongue based multilingual education to reduce the school drop-out rates and to enhance communication using a mother tongue. This is a good and praiseworthy initiative taken by the Indian government. In this regard, the Kosli language (also called Kosli-Sambalpuri, Sambalpuri) is the mother tongue of ten districts of western Orissa (Kosal region) viz. Balangir, Bargarh.In addition, a large population of Raipur, Mahasamund and Raigarh districts of Chhattisgarh state also uses Kosli language as their mother tongue.  The Kosli language and literature is vast as it is blessed with a group of dedicated writers. A large number of books are published regularly and available in the Kosli language. Epics such as ‘Ramayana’, ‘Mahabharat’ and ‘Meghduta’ are translated into Kosli language. Kosli language has a rich literature in different areas viz. Architecture, Astrology, Mantra-Tantra-Yantra science, Medicine, Yoga, Music, Arts, Dance, Drama, Yoga, Philosophy, and Grammar. Kosli dramas, songs, and dances are popular across the world. Kosli dramas are highly acclaimed and regularly staged at various places of India. For instance, a recent Kosli language play ‘Maau’ is aiming to enter the Limca record book by becoming the biggest ever stage show of its kind in the world.

The Kosli language cinema is attracting worldwide attention. ‘Bukha (Hunger)’ a Kosli language movie has won the Indian national award, an international jury award at the Gijón International Film Festival, Spain and was selected for World Rural Film Festival, Aurrilac, France. The All India Radio (viz. Sambalpur, Balangir, and Bhawanipatna) and television channels (viz. Nxatra news and OTV) are broadcasting their news and entertainment programs in Kosli language. More than five registered newspapers and seventy magazines are available in Kosli language. Unfortunately, Kosli language has no political and official support although there was a discussion in the Indian parliament to include Kosli language in the 8th Schedule of the Indian constitution. Recently, the Odisha government has recommended the Ho language for its inclusion in the 8th schedule of the Indian constitution. This is a welcome step. Along this line, we sincerely hope that the Odisha government will recommend Kosli language for the inclusion in the 8th Schedule of the Indian constitution.  For the people of western Orissa it is not just a language but a way of life that propel progresses and harmony in the region.

The inclusion of Kosli language in the 8th schedule of the Indian constitution will have following positive impacts on the people of western Orissa.

The key to development of western Odisha is the Kosli language. Drop-out rate in schools particularly in rural and Adivashi area can be ascribed to, among other variables, teaching in Odia language which is not used in day to day communication. It is as if learning through an alien language. Kosli is the dominant means of communication throughout western Odisha. Though we have several tribal languages, all tribals have functional capability in Kosli not Odia. That is the main reason why KBK has been found literacy rate is so low. We also have large population of scheduled caste in the area who are similarly impacted. It has caused various problems viz. i) the overall marks of students from western Orissa are lower than the students of coastal Orissa and ii) many bright students of western Orissa fail again and again in both 10th and 10+2 examinations because of their poor knowledge in Odia language. Recognition of Kosli language will facilitate education among the kids of western Orissa in their mother tongue and solve the above mentioned problems.

Freedom of expression in legislative and social sphere: In spite of aggressive Odianisation, population of western Orissa has retained Kosli language for day to day communication. In large population centers where people of other states, especially from Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Bengal, Punjab, Gujarat and other North Indian area have come to work, they have opted Kosli instead of Odia because the accent of Kosli follows North Indian pattern. And when poor Koslis go out of their area to seek employment they choose to go to other Hindi speaking area such as Chhattisgarh, U.P, Bihar and Jharkhand instead of Odia speaking area in Odisha.

Inclusion of Kosli language in the 8th schedule of the Indian Constitution will promote the culture and heritage of western Orissa. Keeping the above mentioned points into consideration we request you to recommend the inclusion of Kosli language in the 8th schedule of the Indian Constitution.

September 24, 2011 at 10:47 am Leave a comment

A rare letter from Kosal ratna Pandit Prayag Dutt Joshi about Kosli language

Many thanks to Rajib Sagaria babu for sharing the following letter:

September 24, 2011 at 10:27 am 2 comments

Plea to include Kosli language in 8th Schedule of Indian Constitution

Following report is from the Hindu:

A movement is gaining momentum in western Odisha for Inclusion of Kosli (also referred to as Sambalpuri) language in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution. Kosal Discussion and Development Forum (KDDF), formed to preserve the linguistic and cultural identity of the Koshali speaking people apart from acting as a catalyst for development of the region, has submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday. Copies of the memorandum were also submitted to the President of India, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj, Orissa Governor, Chief Minister and the MPs from the State among others.

The memorandum stated that recognising the complexity of linguistic diversity in India, the Union government passed the 93rd Constitutional Amendment that enabled the government to have a fresh look at the possibility of inclusion of other Indian languages in the 8th Schedule. Consequently, four languages — Bodo, Dogri, Santhali, and Maithili — were included in the 8th Schedule. “We the people of Western Odisha hope that Kosli will be included as our situation is identical to that of Maithili,” it noted.

Mother tongue

Kosli language is the mother tongue of 10 districts of western Odisha — Balangir, Bargarh, Boudh, Deogarh, Jharsuguda, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Sambalpur, Sonepur, Sundargarh and Athmallik sub-division.

Besides, a large population of Raipur, Mahasamund, and Raigarh districts of neighbouring Chhattisgarh state also uses Kosli language as their mother tongue, pointed out the memorandum.

The Kosli language and literature is rich and vast. It has publications in a wide variety of subjects such as architecture, astrology, medicine, music, arts, philosophy, and literature.

Its songs, dances, and drama have been popular across the world while its cinema has also gained international attention.

While there are newspapers and a large number of periodicals being published in Kosli, the national broadcaster All India Radio and various television channels are also airing programmes in the language, according to the memorandum.

A memorandum has been submitted to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking immediate action on the issue

September 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm Leave a comment

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