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Friday , May 16 , 2014
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Culture class at summer camp

The ongoing summer holiday promises to empower the youth with a sound understanding of a composite culture.

This vacation, those aged between 12 and 25 can inculcate the values of mutual coexistence at a month-long summer camp that will start from May 18 at Madnadih Community Hall in Katras, Dhanbad.

Organised by Bazm-e-Ilm-O-Adab — a Bansjora-based linguistic and cultural outfit — the camp will continue till June 15. A token registration charge of Rs 50 has being collected from each participant.

Besides learning Urdu, the other attractions of the camp will be the kavi sammelans and mushairas that will highlight the composite culture of the country. Classes will be held daily in two shifts. While the hourlong morning shift will kick off at 10am sharp, the evening classes will be held from 5pm.

Outfit president Gulam Gaus Aswi will conduct the classes. “Though, I will be taking most of the classes, we are also trying to bring local Urdu scholar Joginder Singh, who is also the head of Namdhari Hospital and Research Centre, as a guest tutor,” said Aswi. Besides, other member of the outfit like Basir Ansari Brajesh Kumar Rai and Asha Kumar will also be present to manage the affairs.

According to the 2011 census, as many as 1,635 languages are spoken across the country. Both Hindi and Urdu are two variants of Khariboli dialect of Hindustani language.

“The only major difference between Hindi and Urdu is the script. Unfortunately, Urdu is often seen as the language of people who follow a particular religion. The fact is in states like UP, Bihar, Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, Urdu is the one of most widely spoken languages and also a common medium of education,” said Aswi, who also happens to be a Sufi scholar.

Aswi, who founded Bazm-e-Ilm-O-Adab a year ago with the aim to promote mutual coexistence and religious and linguistic tolerance among the youngsters, added that participants of the camp would also get to know the nation’s history better. “They will be apprised about the struggle of our freedom fighters against the colonial rule,” he added.