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Mamata’s twin culture trysts

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee with representatives of the literary and cultural fields at a programme at Deshapriya Park on Friday to mark Bhasha Diwas, International Mother Tongue Day. The chief minister announced that a monument dedicated to mother tongues would come up on the Rabindra Sadan premises. “Agami din-e amra Rabindra Sadan chattar-e ekta Ekushe February Shahid Minar toiri korbo, shob matri bhasha ke selaam janiye (We will build a 21st February Shahid Minar on the Rabindra Sadan premises to salute all mother tongues),” the chief minister said. She added that her government has enabled those who speak Urdu, Gurmukhi, Nepali, Alchiki and Rajbangshi to study in their native tongues.

Writer Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, poet Joy Goswami, elocutionist Bratati Bandopadhyay, actor Ranjit Mallick, singers Dwijen Mukhopadhyay, Pratul Mukhopadhyay, Pramita Mallick, Arun Bhaduri, Banashree Sengupta, Ramanuj Dasgupta and Pallab Kirtaniya, film-maker Goutam Ghose, and painter Suvaprasanna were among those who attended the Deshapriya Park programme.

Mamata Banerjee visited Sabitri Chatterjee at her home on Friday to wish her Happy Birthday.      

 Pictures by Pradip Sanyal and Hirak Sen