BHUBANESWAR: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, on Thursday, announced to set up a Kosli language and literature research centre, named after Padma Shri awardee Haldhar Nag, in Bargarh district.
Felicitating Haldhar Nag for his contribution towards Kosli dialect and literature at Naveen Nivas here, the Chief Minister said the government would establish the research centre in Kosli dialect and literature at Ghens Village, the birthplace of Nag.
He said the proposed institute would be named after the 66-year-old Kosli poet. Lauding Haldhar Nag for his contribution, Patnaik presented a shawl, a silver filigree work, and a flower bouquet.
Among others, Tourism and Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda, Textiles, Handlooms and Handicrafts Minister Snehangini Chhuria, MP Prasanna Patasani, MP Pravash Singh, MLA Dr Raseswari Panigrahi, MLA Sushant Singh were present on the occasion.
The research centre would help in thriving Kosli literature in the state. It would also take poetry to new heights, and he would dedicate his life to achieve it, said Nag.