British Parliament Celebrates Linguistic Diversity of India

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All Presenters at the International Mother Language Day
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Marking the 20th anniversary of the launch of International Mother Language Day, the rich linguistic diversity of India was showcased at the Portcullis House of House of Commons, British Parliament…reports Asian Lite News

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Book Release of Incense- Kaavya Sugandha

Hosted by Bob Blackman MP and organised by Sanskruti Centre for Cultural Excellence, the event had 17 Indian languages presented, majority of them penned by the members of Indian diaspora living in Britain.

Rarely heard Indian languages in the UK such as Saurashtra, Ladakhi and Bishnupriya Manipuri were highlighted, written by famous writers and artists such Ravindra Kondda (Saurashtra), Rinchen Wacher (Ladakh) and Dils Lakshmindra Kumar Sinha (Bishnupriya Manipuri).

These, along with Magahi language, were presented for the first time bringing them all on one platform. A published compilation of the multi-lingual works titled “Incense-Kaavya Sugandha” was released on the occasion that included unique scripts such as Takri, Khudavadi, Maithili and Sharda. Specially written for the occasion, the poems covered a variety of subjects ranging from the beauty of language, human values in the current society, decrease of native language use, tributes to great personalities of the region and so on.

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Students of Sanskruti Centre presenting dance on Sanskrit Sangh Song Manasa Satatam

Presenters came from various regions in England, different walks of life and professions taking pride in their own mother languages. Founder of Sanskruti Centre Ragasudha Vinjamuri has emphasised on the importance of leaving a legacy for younger generations and urged parents to take an active role in generating interest and keenness among children.

Dr Vikas presented a poem in Magahi, Dr Sahadev Swain in Odiya, Manu Khajuria in Dogri, Anupama Handoo in Kashmiri, Chanda Jha in Ladakhi, Dr Vipin Nadda in Himachal Pahadi, Inderpal Chandel in Punjabi, Ashish Mishra in Hindi, Tonoya Barua Chaudhari in Assamese, Lekshmi Pillai in Malayalam, Kamalini Kausik in Saurashtra, Lumbini Bafna in Rajasthani, Sharad Jha in Maithili, Sangeeta Prasad in Bhojpuri and Bhavika Ramrakhyani in Sindhi.

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Sanchita Das presenting Bengali rendition

Two things stood out in the program. Dance by children Tvisha Raorane, Shreya Khare and Anushka Upadhyay on Sanskrit song Manasa Satatam Smaraneeyam, and enacting of Ragasudha Vinjamuri accompanying the rendition of Tagore’s poem Nirjharer Shoponbhongo by Sanchita Das captivated the audiences. Shikha Varshney’s efforts in the field of language promotion have been appreciated on the occasion. A valedictory appreciating Bob Blackman’s recent honours of Padma Shri by the Government of India has been conducted and his role in supporting the Indian cause immensely commended.

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