|Region||Odisha, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Tripura, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Assam, Bihar. Widely spoken in Surat, Bangalore, New Delhi and Mumbai. Prominent speakers in Pune, Hyderabad and Chennai|
|Native speakers||33 million (2007)|
|Writing system||Oriya alphabet (Brahmic)
|Official language in||Odisha, Jharkhand|
The distribution of Oriya, in India
Oriya (ଓଡ଼ିଆ oṛiā) is an Indian Dravidian language, mainly spoken in the Indian state of Odisha. Some parts of Odisha, mainly the Ganjam and Gajapati districts, speak the Telugu language. The language is also an official language of India. There are about 31 million people who speak Oriya.
Images for kids
Oriya language Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.