BHUBANESWAR: The State Government will set up a Koshali dialect and literature research centre at Ghens village in Bargarh district which will be named after Haladhar Nag.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced this while felicitating Nag at his residence here on Thursday. Ghens village is the birthplace of Koshali poet Nag. Naveen lauded his contribution towards the development of Koshali literature.
The Chief Minister presented a shawl and a silver filigree work to Nag and wished him a bright future. Nag was awarded Padma Shri by President Pranab Mukherjee recently at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.
A Class III dropout, Nag has carved a niche for himself in the literary field. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has also filmed a documentary on his life and works earlier.
Haldar Nag’s major works include Lokgeet, Samparda, Krushnaguru, Mahasati Urmila, Tara Mandodari, Achhia, Bacchhar, Siri Somalai, Veer Sundar Sai, Karamsani, Rasia Kavi (biography of Tulsidas) and Prem Paechan.