| Saumen Bharatiya talks to reporters on Monday. Picture by UB Photos |
Feb. 18: Byatikram Mass Awareness and Social Development Organisation (Masdo) will observe the 14th International Mother Language Day by organising a three-day cultural event titled “Bhasa Sanskriti Milan Utsav” from February 21-23.
The programme has been organised to raise awareness on the need to preserve and promote one’s mother tongue through the medium of literature and performing arts. The event that will take place at the Pragjyoti ITA Cultural Centre will also let people enjoy Bangladeshi folk music that will be presented by Bangladeshi artistes, Kala Miya, Rita Najnin, Supriya and Kamrul I. Rassel.
Several prominent personalities from the field of education, literature and art and culture will participate in this festival.
The first day of the programme will also feature a national seminar on “Sunil Ganguly: His Life and Literature”, along with a special felicitation programme where two noted literary personalities from Assamese and Bengali literature will be felicitated. Handwriting and cookery competitions and a food festival will also feature in the programme.
“We have organised the cultural programme to observe the 14th International Mother Language Day. Our basic priority is to facilitate the promotion of all regional languages. Nowadays, the new generation tends to ignore its mother tongue, which is in reality the language that enables us to express our thoughts and feelings fluently. Every language is important and there has to be a collective effort to preserve it. Many dialects are nearing extinction because we are not using them as much as we should. During this programme, there will be deliberations on how one can promote one’s mother tongue,” said Saumen Bharatiya, president of Byatikram Masdo.
“During the cultural programme, local artistes will stage Xattriya dance, while folk artistes from Bangladesh will entertain the public through baul sangeet, a kind of Bengali folk music. There will also be a live concert of popular Bengali singer, composer and musician father-son duo, Anjan Dutta and Neel Dutta, on the concluding day of the event,” said Bharatiya.
The organisation is also planning to distribute books worth Rs 10,000 among students of 20 schools and colleges here. These books, written by different writers from the Northeast, cover various topics.
“Reading the books written by writers from the northeastern region will give the students a better understanding of the culture and literature of the region and the problems the people here are facing. We will distribute clothes among the poor and handicapped people in the city,” said Bharatiya.