It’s not just about the rising population of non-Odia students and professionals across the twin cities; we bring you a few young non-Odias who have overcome all challenges to excel in various fields of art and entertainment while doing their bit to promote Odia language and culture through their work.
THE TELUGU ROCKSTAR, NAVYA JAITI
Despite being a Telugu and hailing from Kolkata, Navya has made Odisha her abode and is today considered one of the most popular singers in the Odia music circuit. She has captivated audiences and won their hearts with her incredibly rich voice. It was, in fact, an Odia reality show, “Aamari Swara”, that helped her realize her singing potential! Thereafter she was mentored by music director Goodly Rath, who has been her biggest support till date. Navya is confident that she will continue to do her bit to spread the essence of Odia music and culture through her songs. Interestingly, Navya is also passionate about dancing and loves playing guitar in her spare time, a few lesser known facts about this singing sensation!
THE BENGALI BELLE, JAYA BISWAS
Jaya Biswas seems to have a knack of doing many things at a time. That’s the reason this Bengali dancing diva has even tried her hand at being a famed RJ, VJ and an actress. Jaya started learning dance at a very young age from her mother and today she is an expert in various dance forms including contemporary, Bollywood and semi-classical. Although she has been dancing since childhood, her skills became evident through popular dance reality shows on national television. She gladly appreciates the fact that people of Odisha have embraced her work and that has helped her progress even more. From getting prestigious reality show platforms to being a choreographer today, Jaya has honed her talent in a fascinating way. In the upcoming years she wishes to see herself as an actress-turned-director, with dance being her priority.
THE BIHARI ANCHOR, PINKIE JHA
Anchor Pinkie aka Pinkie Jha is one of the most popular names in the anchoring world. With an air of positivity all around her, she has this natural talent to connect with the audience. Being a Bihari, she has faced many challenges in her journey but that has not prevented her from carving a niche for herself. Currently, Pinkie anchors stage shows and events for various Government and private institutions, many of which she conducts in Odia as well. In the near future, Pinkie plans to join an upcoming media channel as a lead anchor and also wants to write a book, which according to her is going to be a very unique book.
THE MALAYALI ENTERTAINER, RJ RAJIV
A brand in itself in the RJing world, this Malayali guy is loved by his listeners for his chirpy and entertaining style on radio. Hosting the most popular shows on 92.7 Big FM today, RJ Rajiv has indeed come a long way. Born in Kerala and raised in Bhubaneswar, RJ Rajiv is also one of the leading voice-over artists of the state. Although Rajiv has struggled throughout to make it to the top, conducting shows in Odia has never been difficult for him. One thing he would like to change is the way youngsters try to adulterate Odia language by adding a certain kind of accent to it. Coming from a non-Odia, that for sure is a noble message!
Language has never posed a step-back in making these non-odias successful in Odisha. And they are planning to make it even bigger down the road for themselves as well as for the state.