Nuapada,is a city in Koshal region of Odisha state of eastern India. It is the headquarters of Nuapada district. Nuapada district was carved out of the undivided Kalahandi district on 27 March 1993. Situated on the western border of Odisha with Chhatishgarh, the district is part of Odisha, liguistically & culturally.
There are 19 schools in Nuapada town.
Places of interest
[[File:Yogeswar Temple, Patora.JPG|thumb|Yogeswar Temple, Patora]]
Situated at a distance of 18 km, from Nuapada Yogeswar temple at Patora is famous for its ancient Shiva Linga
helped for the construction of the new temple.
from Nuapada Assembly Constituency is Biju Janata Dal candidate Rajendra Dholakia, who won the seat in State elections of 2009. This is his second term as MLA. In his first term he was elected as an Independent candidate in the Assembly elections held . Previous MLAs from this seat were Basanta Kumar Panda of BJP
who won this seat in 2000, Ghasi Ram Majhi who won representing JD
in 1995 and 1990 and representing JNP
in 1985 and in 1977, and Bhanuprakash Joshi of INC
Nawapara district is part of the Kalahandi.
People and culture
The language spoken in Nuapada is a mixture of Oriya and Chhatishgarhi dialect. Although it is a district head quarter, the culture is predominantly rural and agrarian. Nuapada has often been in news for alleged instances of starvation deaths in nearby places like Komana, Boden and Sinapali. Betting and country liquor is a common pastime for the local people as the place does not have any modern entertainment avenue. There is no cinema, theatre or sports facility in Nuapada.
The most famous personality of Nuapada is Ghasiram Majhi, who has been a four time Member of Odisha Legislative Assembly from Nuapada constituency. The noted Oriya poet Dr Tapan Kumar Pradhan spent a few years of his childhood and early adult life at Nuapada. His Sahitya Akademi award winning poem Kalahandi was inspired by his direct personal experiences in the locality.
Dr. C. Pasayat (1998), Tribe, Caste and Folkculture, Jaipur/New Delhi: Rawat Publications.
Dr. C. Pasayat (Ed.) (2007), Adibasi Moukhika Sahitya Parampara (in Oriya), Kolkata: Sahitya Akademi.
Dr. C. Pasayat (Ed.) (2008), Paschima Odisara Lokageeta (in Oriya), Bhubaneswar: Sahitya Akademi.