India is a land of many languages, cultures and traditions. To know the country in all its diversities one has to delve deep into them, live and learn all it has to offer. Keeping this in mind, the Lalit Kala Akademi announces a series of events celebrating the linguistic diversity of India and they will be focusing on mapping Indian culture, arts and languages from 5 to 7 September. The whole event is being called Bhasha Prabha and will include book launches, exhibitions, talks and musical performances.
‘If you wish to know something about India, you must empty your mind of all preconceived notions of what you have heard or read…India is different, and exasperating as it must seem, would like to remain so! You will not find any of your formal labels useful. India is many and it is one. It has incredible diversity yet it is bound in a unity that stretches way back into unwritten history,’ former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi had said.
Chandresh Kumar Katoch will be addressing the Bhasha Prabha jointly organised by Lalit Kala Akademi (National Academy of Art) Ministry of Culture, Government of India and Bhasha Research and Publication Centre in collaboration with Sahitya Akademi, Sangeet Natak Akademi, Indira Gandhi National Center for Arts, Indira Gandhi National Open University, Orient Blackswan, Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Dhrupad Kendra, Ustad Alauddin Khan Academy and Nav Siddharth Art Group.
The events commence with the release of 5 books from the lager series containing 50 volumes. Namely The Being of Bhasha, The General Introduction to the People’s Linguistic Survey of India, The Languages of Uttara Khand; The Languages of Maharashtra, The Languages of Assam, the Asamiya Version, The Indian Sing Language(s) along with Dhrupad compositions in Maithili, Bhojpuri and Brajbhasha and Carnatic Compositions in the Dhrupad style of Muthuswami Dikshitar by Shri Raghunath Phadke, Shri Ramjee Mishra, Dr. E. N. Sajith and Shri Ras Khan and an exhibition of books in different languages by the Sahitya Akademi.
The books are with the vision that preservation of a language entails the preservation of the community that puts that language in circulation. Between the collective consciousness of a given community, and the language it uses to articulate the consciousness, is situated what is described as the ‘world view’of that community.
The Akademi will be having an exhibition - Multi- Art Expression and Eco Cultural Mapping of India which will include the display of Traditional Masks form the collection of Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya and Sangeet Natak Akademi and 125 contemporary Masks from Nav Siddharth Art Group. The exhibition will also have prints of Illustrated manuscripts like Jhangir Nama, Akabar Nama, Razam Nama, Shah Nama, Shiv lela Amrit, Krishna Lela etc. from the collection of IGNCA and six audio video compilations in different languages by the Sangeet Natak Akademi.