Bhubaneswar, Apr 7: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday announced the setting up of a Kosli dialect and literature research centre in Bargarh district which will be named after Padma Shri recipient Haldhar Nag.
Felicitating Nag at Naveen Nivas here, the chief minister said the research centre would be set up in Ghens village in Bargarh district, the birthplace of the Kosli poet.
"Felicitated Padma Shri Haldhar Nag, happy to announce Koshali Language & Literature Research Centre named after him," the chief minister tweeted.
Patnaik also lauded Nag's contribution to the development of Kosli literature.
The chief minister presented a shawl, a silver filigree work, and a flower bouquet to Nag, who was presented the Padma Shri by President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan recently.
Nag, who failed to clear Class 3, is now known for his creativity, and has been a subject of study for scholars and researches.
He has a series of work to his credit including poetry collections like "Bhaab" and "Surut" and more than 20 epics.