Bhubaneswar, August 1 (LocalWire): Born on this day (1 August) in 1913, Satya Narayan Bohidar was a poet with a difference.
This beloved son of Sonepur, who turned out to become a scholar of Sambalpuri language and grammar and author par excellence had an amazing ability to weave the local idioms into the tapestry of his poetry.
His other works, including Tik Chahnra, Ghavghavo, Ghuvkudu are written in Kosali or Sambalpuri language.
The man who published his first poem Anubhuti in 1931, and wrote 119 poems and short Sambalpuri Grammer book Sankhipta Samalpuri Vyakaran passed away on 31 December 1980 at the age of 67.
The author of Kosali Bhasakosh, Bohidar is also revered widely for preparing the dictionary and grammar especially in Sambalpuri Language which provided a significant identity to the language.
While locals have always considered Sambalpuri as a separate language, outsiders have seen it as a dialect of Odia with the standard language being used by Sambalpuri speakers for formal communication.
Bohidar played a vital role in spreading a sense of togetherness in the western districts of Odisha, which many years later ignited the movement for the recognition of the language.
Its main objective has been the inclusion of the language into the 8th schedule of the Indian constitution.
No written literature was created in Sambalpuri till the late nineteenth century and unlike several other languages, it does not have any ancient stone inscriptions, writing on copper plates, or palm leaves.
Researchers point out that many, including Bhima Bhoi and Gangadhar Meher, dedicated themselves to the creation of Oriya literature and their mother tongue, Samalpuri, was abandoned in the process.
However, there was an awakening after 1970 and people realised that their mother tongue was Sambalpuri and not Oriya.
Bohidar is not only credited as the first man who created Sambalpuri literature, but he is also considered as the man who encouraged others to write in Sambalpuri, presenting at many literary forums proofs that Sambalpuri was a separate language.
The State Government has already set up a Heritage Cabinet headed by chief minister Naveen Patnaik to preserve the history and culture of Odisha.
It will also prepare policies, and prepare and approve short- and long-term plans.
Other government schemes include assistance to public libraries to acquire computers with accessories for library application and TV, CD player, DVD player for educational purposes, financial assistance to children’s libraries or children’s section, women section, senior citizen section, a neo-literate section of generals public libraries.
Schools and colleges across the state also hold special Odia cultural events, poetry recitals, writing competitions to mark his birth anniversary.
Satya Narayan Bohidar left a great legacy behind him to inspire future generations.