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ଓଡ଼ିଆ oṛiā
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Native to India
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
Ethnicity Oriyas
Native speakers 33 million  (2007)
Language family
  • Eastern
    • East-Central
      • Oriya language
        • Oriya
Writing system Oriya alphabet (Brahmic)
Oriya Braille
Official status
Official language in Odisha, Jharkhand
Linguasphere 59-AAF-x
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.

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