Museum Apologises For Disrespecting Odia Language

Bhubaneswar, June 18, 2018:

Kala Bhoomi assures not to commit such mistakes in future

A day after Odisha Story reported about the wrong and disrespectful Odia language at the Odisha Crafts Museum (Kala Bhoomi), museum authorities accepted their mistakes and begged apology.

They wrote small notes of apology on Odisha Story’s both Facebook and Twitter pages.

In their Facebook reply Kala Bhoomi thanked Odisha Story’s editor Subhransu Panda for pointing out the mistake. They accepted it as a positive criticism. However they said the mistake was unintentional and  begged unconditional apology for the same.

In their Twitter reply they also felt sorry for the mistake and assured us not to commit such mistakes in future.

Subhransu Panda, editor Odisha Story, welcomed the act and thanked team Kala Bhoomi for their kind gesture.

He said,

As Odia is one among the six classical languages in Odia and as the government has passed the Odisha Official language Act, public authorities should be careful while using Odia language. They should hire or consult linguistics or at least people having minimum knowledge of our grammar and diction.

He further added,

It’s a great place to visit in Bhubaneswar. I thank both the government and concern authorities their effort to make the museum an unique one. I also appreciate the way museum authorities accepted their fault and assured not to repeat such mistakes again.

Yesterday while our editor was visiting Kala Bhoomi with his family he encountered with numerous notice boards written both in English and Odia inside the museum premises. However instead of translating the English texts in Odia the authorities had just transliterated it.

Mr Panda shared his experience with photos of those transliterated Odia texts in Social media. He also wrote a piece in Odisha Story that went viral later.

Read the report here

Sorry State of Odia Language


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