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International Bishnupriya Manipuri Literary and Cultural Fest today

By our Staff Reporter

Guwahati, Feb 17: In a bid to preserve and protect the language, literature and culture of Bishnupriya Manipuri community and to discuss about the problems and challenges faced by the Bishnupriya Manipuri language, the Bishnupriya Manipuri Writer’s Forum (BMWF) is going to organize the International Bishnupriya Manipuri Literary and Cultural Festival from February 18 to February 19 at District Library Auditorium in Guwahati.

Addressing a press meet here on Thursday, the president of Bishnupriya Manipuri Writer’s Forum, L K Sinha said, “ The main objective of organizing this fest is to develop a fellow feeling amongst the writers, artistes, intellectuals and social workers and to establish a cultural as well as intellectual relationship and friendship among the Bishnupriya Manipuri Writers and artists as well as intellectuals of the other linguistic groups of the Brahmaputra Valley especially of the greater Assamese society.”

Putting more emphasis on creative literature, he further added, “ The only way to preserve Bishnupriya Manipuri language is through creative literature. Moreover, we are giving more importance on encouraging young generation towards creative literature. It is the younger generation who can help for preserving the language and sort out the challenges and problems faced by this language.”

“ we are also going to release 20 books written in Bishnupriya Manipuri language during the festival,” he said.

As part of the literary and cultural festival, a number of programmes will be organized likes poets’ meet, seminars, symposiums, artistes’ meet, editors’ meet, and publication of books. Eminent writers, artistes, social workers and intellectuals from all the seven north-eastern States as well as other parts of the country will be taking part in the fest. A number of senior artistes, writers and social workers from Agartala, Shillong, Guwahati, New Delhi, Kolkata, Imphal and Bangladesh will be felicitated at the fest for their immense contribution towards the development of the Bishnupriya Manipuri language, literature, culture and society. Besides this, the writers from Assamese, Bengali, Hindi, Bodo, Deuri, Mising, Karbi, Rajbongshi, Mizo, Manipuri and Nepali languages are invited for establishing an emotional bondage among the groups as well as for intellectual and cultural exchanges.

Apart from these programmes, art exhibition and book fair have also been organized so that people can learn more about the language, culture, customs and tradition of this community. Moreover, the forum has made all arrangements to screen a short film which is produced by Ranjit Sinha of Bangladesh.

Courtesy: The Sentinel

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