Orissa was a
of racial streams. History tells us that the Aryans entered Orissa
from the north-east, subjugated the primitive people living there
and imposed on them their language and culture. The story could not
be so simple; for the people then living in the land were not
perhaps all of the primitive type, nor were they subjugated
culturally. What might have happened in all Probability was a racial
and cultural amalgamation.
Geographically Orissa stands as a coastal corridor between the
northern and southern India cut off by the intractable Vindhyas. It is
natural therefore that an assimilation of the races and cultures of
the Aryans and the Dravidians; must have taken place here in the days
At the same time successive racial and cultural tides might have
surged up from the different sides, rolled in and broken over this
Bound culminating in the indo-cultural synthesis.
Orissa, which is largely rural, the traditional values are still kept
In general the values have no doubt weakened but they are not lost.
Among die innocent Advisees dwelling in the wooded hinterland and
forested hill slopes, India's earliest civilization is retained in its
Not only in their secluded hamlets, bet also in the countless
thousands of villages in the country sides one can catch a glimpse of
the dwindling horizon of humanity, through the innocent and benign
outlook of tile villagers.
A sensitive person who happens to be a prisoner of the modern society
with its stress and strain will not, while in a typical village, fail
to mark the relationship of its common people with God, nature and
their fellow men