Oriya, or Odia, is an Indo-Aryan language spoken mainly in the Indian state of Odhisha (Orissa) by about 40 million people on the east coast of India. Oriya is the official language of Odhisha, with strong influences from the neighboring Bengali and Assamese languages.

Developed originally form the Bengali script, its writing stands out due to its rounded, curling letters, said to be crafted from years of writing on palm leaves with a pointed stylus.

The people of Odhisa are known for their rich cultural heritage, with a mix of the Jagannath cult, the Vaishnav cult, and Buddhism and Sivayat cult.  Their state stands is a coastal corridor between the cultures of the Aryans and Dravdians, and their cosmopolitan language reflects their cultural richness!