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Attendees at IYIL 2019

The United Nations International Year for Indigenous Languages was celebrated by Sanskruti Centre for Cultural Excellence in the House of Lords of British Parliament on 12th November, at a majestic setting overseeing River Thames…reports Asian Lite News

Attendees at IYIL

The United Nations International Year for Indigenous Languages was celebrated by Sanskruti Centre for Cultural Excellence in the House of Lords of British Parliament on 12th November, at a majestic setting overseeing River Thames. Poems in 20 languages mostly written by the members of Indian diaspora living in Britain have been compiled, published and released on the occasion titled “Festoon of Expressions”, and 18 of the writers have recited them passionately at the event. The emotions with which the poetry recitation took place added a very special hue to the programme hosted by Baroness Verma. Highlight was the inclusion of original scripts of languages Dogri (Takri), Maithili, Sindhi (Khudavadi) in the book which are rare to find and a special attempt was made to bring the diminishing scripts to the fore. Gujarati poem called Divya Vibhuti on 103 year Dadi Janki- the Founder of Brahma Kumaris was written and recited by Nidhi Shukla of Brahma Kumaris UK. One may recall that earlier this year Jhulelal Tirthdham was opened in the Kutch region of Gujarat, dubbed as a centre for global Sindhi identity.  Kashmiri poem by Santosh Sher highlighted the emotional travail of Kashmiri Pandits. Punjabi poem rendition by AS Bhamra was dedicated to Guru Nanak Parab on the same day.  Poems in Malayalam, Kannada, Tulu, Hindi, Rajasthani, Telugu, Marathi, Maithili, Tamil have all highlighted the beauty of land or language.

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Book Release at IYIL

Songs by Dr Bhupen Hazarika and Vishwakavi Rabindranath Tagore in Assamese and Bengali were melodiously presented by Sandip Sen and Saachi Sen respectively. Dr Ajeet Kumar, who flew especially from Delhi University, spoke on Maithili language. Baroness Verma has also extemporaneously recited a poem on “Mother” and has reiterated that our language is like our mother and we must take care of it.

Opening remarks were given by Baroness Verma in which she commended the work of Sanskruti Centre spearheaded by Ragasudha Vinjamuri, in generating a greater understanding of India’s heritage and projecting India’s cultural image to audiences in the UK and beyond. Research and presentation of rarely seen tribal dances, seminars, publication of books and using dance as a medium to increase environmental awareness are some of the key activities Sanskruti Centre has been involved in.

Attendees to the event have all left feeling enriched. Vote of Thanks was rendered by Sushil Rapatwar. In a unified voice, this was hailed as a unique initiative by Sanskruti.

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