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Transcending the language barrier

Transcending the language barrier
This year, Samanvay- the Indian Languages Festival, focused on the various shades of rich Indian literary heritage. The sessions focused on Manipuri (The Idea of a Nation), Maithili (Love’s Own Language), Kannada (Tales of Modernities: Small Spaces, Big Idea), English (Where is My Reader?) including a prose reading session- Mapping Cities: Shehar Dar Shehar by Kashinath Singh, Laxman Gaikwad and Om Thanvi and a session on Digital Publishing: Future of Indian Languages Publishing in Digital Era.

The Manipuri language discussion was centered on the theme – The Idea of a Nation, where language authors – Yumlembam Ibomcha, Robin S Ngangom, Tayenjam Bijoykumar Singh and Dr Dhanbir Laisham shared their views. The Maithili language session focused on the theme – Love’s Own Language where Maithili authors highlighted the heritage of the languages which is filled with literature and love deliberating the fact that Maithili is not a dying language.

The Kannada session focused around theme- Tales of  Modernities: Small Spaces, Big Ideas where participating authors Gopalkrishna Pai, Banu Mushtaq, BT Jahnavi, and Mamta Sagar shared their views and experiences of richness of the Kannada language and how it has highlighted larger issues of society. The session on English – Where is My Reader? had intense discussion where one of the participating authors Losing My Virginity fame Madhuri Banerjee stressed on need of differentiating writing to promote literature. She said it will help attract readers to pick up works by budding writers.
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