Non-resident Oriya

A non-resident Oriya is an informal term for people of Oriya ancestry.



NROs can be mainly of two types:

  • Oriya People (ancestrally or originally) settled in different parts of India, or
  • Oriya People (ancestrally or originally) settled in different parts of the world.

Indian NROs

Migration from Orissa has a long history. The Oriya merchants had trade links with other parts of the country during the ancient and Middle Ages.In modern times the Oriya started migrating to look out for jobs in different parts of the country.There are also various organizations in various parts of the country which include Oriya Cultural Association[1][2] which is a group of Oriyas in Delhi(Based in Haryana),The Oriya Association Of Delhi(Which owns the Jagannath Temple) and Oriya Mahasangram.[3] The NRO community has even honoured Jyoti Kullu former captain of National Hockey Team(women's) in 2007 on her achievement of the Arjuna Award.[4]The Delhi Oriya Lawyer Association awarded the Trophy.She was honoured in a brief function held at the resident of Mr.Jual Oram M.P. and National Vice President of BJP at Delhi. Oram and his wife Jhingia Oram, garlanded Jyoti and congratulated her for her success in the field of sports.[5]

Web Presence

Orissa News Updates There are a lot of websites all over operated by group of oriya people such as and give all news and happenings of NROs all over the country.[6] Oriya Songs and Music

Non-Resident Oriya Facilitation Center

The Non Resident Oriya Facilitation Center is an organization that works in liaison with the Govt. Of Orissa.[7]The Society takes the form of a Public-Private-People-Partnership and shall have representation of the government, NonResident Oriyas (henceforth called NROs) and Community. The "Society" shall take the form of a Public-Private-People-Partnership and shall have representation of the government, NROs and Community.[8]

Oriya Outside the Country

Oriya Diaspora

The diasporic Oriyas constitute sizeable number in several countries around the world. They are significant in number in countries such as Malaysia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Java, Sumatra and Bali and in the European countries such as United States, Canada, Australia and England. Presently Oriyas are found in almost all countries of the globe. They maintain close contact among themselves, with the kith and kin around the world albeit relatives back home in Orissa. Being a coastal region [Orissa], maritime trade played an important role in the development of Oriya civilisation, where cultural, commercial and political contacts with Southeast Asia, particularly southern Burma, Malaysia and Indonesia were especially extensive.[9]

Oriya Culture in the United States

The Oriya immigrants in the United States have remained attached to their invaluable culture, which finds expression in the traditional festivals and ceremonies. They perform the festivals such as Rath Yatra, Holi, Diwali and New Year in which large number of Oriyas participate. The traditional dance and theatre forms of Orissa like Oddissi dance and Chhau dance, drama, stage shows of the story of Ramayana and Mahabharata etc. are also performed in the diaspora. Today specialised dance troupes are invited from Orissa to perform in several special occasions. While watching these performances, the Oriyas, feel a sense of nostalgia of being a member of the great civilisation. Among the well-known performers who have visited the United States are include Bagmi Das, Natasha Rao, Siddhartha Mohaptra, Satish Mishra, Mrunali Das, Rajashri Mishra, Prerana Pradhan, Shashwati Das, Suman Ojha etc.[10]

International Organizations

There are various Oriya organizations in the United States and other countries such as The Orissa Society Of the Americas.[11][12]The Indo American Friendship Foundation also supports OSA and its chapters.[13][14] The Orissa Society of the Americas organized their 40th Annual Convention on 3 & 4 July 2009 at Patriots Theatre at the War Memorial & Marriott Hotel, Trenton, New Jersey.[15] Other organizations safeguarding Oriya culture abroad include Toronto Jagannath Temple Association.[16][17]

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