Skip to main content

Literary festival to boost endangered language

- Two-day meet by Bishnupriya Manipuri Writers’ Forum begins today at District Library auditorium

A STAFF REPORTER

Feb. 17: Short film screening, interaction sessions and book releases — the two-day International Bishnupriya Manipuri Literary and Cultural Festival starting tomorrow — is expected to have it all.

Organised by Bishnupriya Manipuri Writers’ Forum at District Library auditorium, the festival aims to promote the Bishnupriya Manipuri language, enlisted by the UN as one of the endangered languages in 2009.

Writers in Assamese, Bengali, Hindi, Bodo, Deuri, Mising, Karbi, Rajbongshi, Mizo, Manipuri and Nepali languages have been invited to “establish an emotional bond among the groups as well intellectual and cultural exchanges” at the festival.

However, Bishnupriya Manipuri is gradually gaining importance during the past few years. It has around 15 poem collections, 10 novels and around 25 plays and uses Bengali script.

The president of the forum, L.K. Sinha, said there was a movement among a section of the Bishnupriya Manipuris to adopt the Devnagiri script, the original script of the language. “But we have not done it apprehending that such a step might take the community away from the Assamese and the Bengalis. Besides, Bangladesh and Tripura have also been opposing adopting Devnagiri script for our language,” said Sinha. He added that there was still a possibility of adopting Devnagiri script by the Bishnupriya Manipuris.

Sinha said distinguished writers, artistes, social workers and intellectuals from different parts of the country, especially from Assam, Manipur, Tripura, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Calcutta, Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi would participate in the festival. Besides, representatives from Bangladesh, Australia and US will also attend the festival.

The Manipuri Theatre Group, well recognised in Bangladesh, will be the prime attraction of the programme. A number of senior artistes, writers and social workers from Agartala, Shillong, Guwahati, New Delhi, Calcutta, Manipur and Bangladesh will be felicitated for their contribution towards the development of Bishnupriya Manipuri language, literature, culture and society.

Sinha said in Assam, most of the Bishnupriya Manipuri population was concentrated in the Barak valley where their population was around 1.75 lakh. It is also taught in Classes III and IV in schools in the valley. “Besides, Bishnupriya Manipuris live in Tripura, Manipur, Meghalaya and Bangladesh. In Bangladesh, their population is around 75,000,” Sinha said.

The organisers of the festival said a 30-member delegation from Bangladesh had already arrived in the city for the festival.

Altogether 20 books will be released during the festival.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Sri Sri Bhubaneshwar Sadhu Thakur

By Ranita Sinha, Kolkata Sri Sri Bhubaneshwar Thakur, the great saint of the Bishnupriya Manipuri Community was born on 26th October, 1871, in a remote village of Cachar district called Baropua in the state of Assam. He was born to a Xatriya Manipuri family. His father Sri Sanatan Pandit was a Sanskrit teacher and mother Srimati Malati Devi, a house wife. Sadhu Baba from his childhood was indifferent to all worldly happenings. He was engrossed in chanting the name of Lord Krishna. Along with other students of his age, Sadhu Baba started taking lessons of grammar and other spiritual literature from his father. At a very young age he lost his mother but he was brought up with utmost love and care by his step mother. At the age of eighteen, Sadhu baba lost his father, so, to continue his spiritual education under the guidance of Rajpandit Mineshwas Swarbabhwam Bhattacherjee, he went to Tripura. But within one year he made up his mind to visit all the holy places and as such he took permis

A short history of the Bishnupriya Manipuri and their religio-cultural consciousness

Undoubtedly, the accurate period of the emergence or the development of religious consciousness of the Bishnupriya Manipuri is difficult to ascertain, but it is an old one that is undoubted, writes Rini Sinha , Guwahati . Religious beliefs are found virtually in every human society. Religious beliefs usually relates to the existence and worship of a deity or deities and divine involvement in the universe and human life. Religious knowledge according to religious practitioners may be gained from religious leaders, sacred texts or personal revelation. The development of religion has taken many forms in various cultural communities. The accurate period of emergence or development of religious consciousness of the Bishnupriya Manipuries is difficult to ascertain, but it is an old one that is undoubted. However, on the basis of the views of different scholars, pre-historic and historical remain whatsoever is available and from the logic of personal observations, we may put forward some view

Assam Search Engine: Bisarok

Exclusive search engine on Assam Manash Pratim Gohain, TNN Jun 16, 2012, 01.46PM IST NEW DELHI: Assam got its own search engine ' Bisarok '. The search engine has been launched to get results exclusively on queries and information related to Assam. 'Bisarok', means 'to search' in Assamese language, has been launched and has been linked to various websites of the Government of Assam and departments, educational institutions and media. The search engine is likely to give a new online experience related to searches on Assam. Built on Google custom search engine, the search engine would be collating and building a database of web properties exclusively of the state in the North East region. 'Bisarok' has been developed by RK Rishikesh Sinha, who had earlier created a similar custom search engine ('Bisarei') on Bishnupriya Manipuri. According to Sinha, apart from Google there was no link to get results particularly on Assam. Any web entity related